5: for employers

Part of the necessity of creating sustainable work is to influence how corporations and employers treat employees. So it would be a shame to not include resources for employers and corporations on how to create a flexible, sustainable, and healthy workplace.

1. Can Your Employees Really Speak Freely?

For employers: research has shown that when employees can voice their concerns freely, organizations see increased retention and stronger performance. Learn about how to create a space for employees to share their opinions freely.

2. Humu

Developed by Laszlo Bock, the Senior Vice President of People Operations from 2006-2016 and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company from 6,000 to 72,000 employees. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, including being named the #1 Best Company to Work for in the United States seven times. This is his organization that develops business solutions to create better organizational structures. While work can’t always be amazing, it’s good to take steps to facilitate happy employees and to promote a healthy relationship with work. You don’t have to purchase their programs: there’s a lot to learn from their blog as well.

3. The Wrong Way to Respond to Employee Activism

An article by the Harvard Business Review exploring the necessity of employee activism and how to facilitate good relationships where employees are heard and represented in the company.

4. Creating the Best Workplace on Earth

No organization can fulfill every hope and desire of its employees, so it helps to know which matter most to people. Goffee and Jones have identified the six most essential imperatives for creating an ideal work environment. Their insights come from surveys and interviews of hundreds of executives from all over the world.

“Few organizations embody all six attributes of the dream organization, many are difficult to achieve, and some even conflict with one another. But they nonetheless stand as an agenda for executives who wish to create the most productive, most rewarding workplace imaginable.”

1. Let people be themselves.
2. Unleash the flow of information.
3. Magnify people’s strengths.
4. Stand for more than shareholder value.
5. Show how the daily work makes sense.
6. Have rules people can believe in.

5. What the “Best Companies to Work For” Do Differently

What makes a company culture great? To explore this question, the author and his colleague spent three years researching the best places to work in the United States. They selected 21 organizations that appeared perennially on one or more of the “Best Companies to Work For Lists” in reputable business publications between 2014 and 2018 and visited each for a day, during which they interviewed executives, met with Human Resources departments, conducted focus groups with employees, and toured the facilities. What did they find? The best places to work have a few things in common: they put people first, help workers pursue their passions, empower people to own their projects, encourage authenticity, and create opportunities for worker to connect on a personal level.

6. This is all for now! I will keep an eye out for more.

Remember: email me at workideology@gmail.com if you have any suggestions!