In 2010 Atomic Object was honored with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.
Recently, I listened in on a conference call presentation hosted by When Work Works that walked through a summary of the overall survey results and their impacts. The resulting benchmarking data report analyzed the survey response data and broke down the complex equation of what makes for a effective and flexible workplace and what it means to workers, businesses and their communities.
The report outlines the key elements of effective workplaces:
Job Challenge and Learning – Does my job let me use my skills and abilities on meaningful work?
Autonomy – How much say do I have about what happens on my job? Do I have the freedom to decide what/how to do my work?
Work-Life Fit – Do I have the support of my supervisor and my colleagues to balance the demands of my life on and off the job?
Supervisor Task Support – Is my supervisor supportive of my work challenges? Does my supervisor keep me informed of things I need to know to do my job well? Do I get recognition when I do a good job?
Climate of Respect and Trust – Can I trust my supervisor’s words and actions? Does my supervisor deal ethically with employees and clients? Does s/he seek information and new ideas from employees?
Economic Security – Am I satisfied with my earnings and benefits? Do I have career advancement opportunities?
Effective workplaces can make a difference through (a shortened list):
- Higher levels of engagement
- Higher job satisfaction
- Higher probability for retention
Better health and well-being:
- Stronger overall health
- Lower frequency of minor health problems
- Fewer indicators of depression
- Lower general stress levels
Results that matter for employers:
- Enhancing innovation and creativity
- Increasing employee recruitment and retention
- Increasing customer satisfaction
- Increasing productivity and profitability
- Lowering health care costs
Results that matter to communities:
- Recruiting and retaining a multi-generational workforce
- Becoming “greener” businesses
- Promoting regional economic development
- Establishing the community as a good place to live and work
- Promoting entrepreneurial growth
Through all the data, the obvious bottom line emerges: Real workplace effectiveness adds up to one big triple WIN . . . a WIN for workers, a WIN for business and a WIN for the communities in which they live and work.