Whether you are a fresh graduate entering the workforce or a seasoned talent looking for new opportunities, one important consideration you will have when deciding to join a company is its culture.
Here are some traits of a good workplace which will influence your decision:
A good company provides employees with ample opportunities to reach their fullest potential. This can be achieved through having a mentorship program for new joiners, local and overseas training opportunities, clear career path planning and so on. For example, P&G offers a comprehensive mentorship program where “executives also act as mentors and coaches, helping younger managers develop the skills to lead large businesses and organizations.”
The best ideas are often developed in an environment which encourages creativity and innovation. Therefore, it is important for companies to provide an open environment which encourages ideas to grow. By having a say in deciding the future of the company, employees feel more engaged and empowered.
Great companies are known to have a clear and specific mission. For Google, their mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” And it does so by developing products and services which make their mission possible. A well-defined mission makes it easy for everyone in the company from top to bottom to know and perform their specific roles and responsibilities.
Having open communication addresses the employee’s need to feel that what they say matter. It is what makes employees feel that they belong in the company. Work then becomes meaningful because the employees understand what they contribute will shape the organization that they are affiliated with.