Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Best workplaces in 29 nations share key similarities

The April 10-23, 2006 issue of Canadian Business Magazine reported a FASCINATING study about the characteristics of effective workplaces.

The Great Place to Work model, developed more than two decades ago in the U.S. and now used to survey some 750 companies in that country each year, has since been exported to 28 nations in Europe, Latin America and Asia. In 2005, 3,000 organizations around the globe completed the institute's 57-question culture survey.

The employee surveys have revealed a remarkable consistency in what makes a great workplace, despite a wide mix of industries represented and the size of companies eligible to participate.

For example, employees at a company in the Top 10 in any given country agreed 85% of the time, on average, with the statement:

"Management is approachable, easy to talk with."

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This makes TOTAL sense, considering:

a) I've only had one manager in my life who was easy to talk with
b) That was the only workplace I didn't hate walking into everyday

What makes a manager easy to talk with?

Ask 10 of your friends if their manager is approachable; easy to talk with. Report back to me with your statistics.

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Scott Ginsberg
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