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MSOL Book/Article Review February 2012

The Great WorkplaceThe GREAT Workplace: How to Build it, How to Keep it and Why It Matters
by Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin

What are the five dimensions that make a company a great place to work? In The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters, (Jossey-Bass; January 2011), Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin define the core dimensions of great workplaces—credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie—by outlining common work culture traits, best practices and testimonials among some of the world’s most respected companies, including General Mills, Google, Microsoft, CH2M HILL and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

More and more companies are building great workplaces by focusing on their culture, specifically the behaviors, beliefs and attitudes of the people that make up the company. Benefits of building great workplaces are endless, but more importantly include building healthier workplace relationships and potentially increasing bottom line profits.

“Companies that strive to create great workplaces see positive results in all aspects of their organization,” said Michael Burchell, co-author of The Great Workplace. “Not only does their organization’s bottom line improve, the relationships among all levels of the organization are enhanced, and employees’ relationships with their own jobs are further enriched.”

Drawing on more than 25 years of research by surveying over 2 million people and 6,000 companies each year, Great Place to Work® Institute, producers of the Fortune100 Best Company to Work For® Annual List, and Burchell and Robin explain the business value of creating great workplaces, which goes beyond offering outstanding pay and quirky perks.

Great Place to Work Institute has found that employees base their belief in their company on the following five dimensions: Credibility: “I believe in my leaders” Respect: “I am a valued member of this organization” Fairness: “Everyone plays by the same rules” Pride: “I contribute to something really meaningful” Camaraderie: “The people here are great”

Find additional resources or buy the book by visiting www.thegreatworkplaceonline.com. Follow “The Great Workplace” on Twitter, @GreatWorkP.

Source: Regional Business News



 

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