12 characteristics of a great place to work

Environment is an important part of a great place to work

Recently a friend passed me an article that listed characteristics that make a great place to work. Instead of reading it I decided to make my own list. I’ve done this in the past, such as with this post: The 12 keys to being excellent at anything. It’s a fun exercise.

My thoughts on the 12 characteristics of a great place to work:

  1. A clear vision and identity. Employees want to know where the company is pointed, what the company believes in and what everyone is working toward.
  2. Honest leadership.
  3. Provides “flexible” growth for employees. As an employee of a company, you should have the ability to change career paths if you’ve proven you’re a dependable, hard-working and passionate person.
  4. A culture of collaboration. Collaboration creates better work, better results and better culture.
  5. As little politics as possible. While politics are always going to happen in a work environment, great companies have very little of it and work hard to stomp it out when it creeps up.
  6. Promotes meritocracy. Simply put, if you show that you are going to do great work, your career will grow accordingly.
  7. Open communication. Great places to work are open about how the company is performing.
  8. Craves honest feedback from its employees.
  9. A fun atmosphere. I’ve always felt that if people are going to spend most of their waking week at the office, it should be a fun environment. When people are having fun, they work together better and they produce better work.
  10. Filled with passionate people. Companies that only look at resumes and experience when hiring are far less successful (IMHO) than ones that hire people that are passionate about their work and the industry. I’ll hire passion over experience any day.
  11. Approachable leadership. The more people feel open to talking to their leadership, the more problems will get solved and the more job satisfaction people will have. It’s one of the reasons I prefer not to have an office.
  12. A great environment. A fun, open, energetic and creative environment can make a big difference in the overall atmosphere of a company.

Ok, what did I miss or where do you disagree?