The working environment of an organization can provide many obstacles to overcome and issues to handle. Between the demands of the workload and the variety of personalities to deal with in an office it can feel like walking through a field of landmines. How can an employer push employees to peak performance while balancing a healthy and positive work environment? Many corporations are beginning to learn the importance of a good work environment. For example, Forbes released a list of the best companies to work for and the number one company for 2010 is Facebook. Facebook received a 96% approval rating of its employees in a survey done on a survey of “work/life balance, career opportunities, communication, compensation and benefits, fairness and respect, employee morale, recognition and feedback, and senior leadership.” The company offers many benefits to their employees, but also offers a more laid back and open environment to the individuals who work for the company.
The old school way of doing business in Armani suits and pushing stuffy corporate procedures is gradually going the way of the dinosaur. Newer companies and even some of the older established companies are changing their way of thinking and becoming more flexible in the workplace to accommodate their employees. In this day and age it is difficult for many workers to manage work and life. Therefore, many companies are starting to offer perks such as flexible schedules, being able to work from home, daycare, better leave programs for new parents, and many other ways to help their employees manage their lives. If employees are constantly stressed about how they can get things accomplished in their personal life because of their work schedule it can reflect in their work. So keep in mind that employees will produce better work with fewer mistakes if they aren’t stressed about how they are going to pick up little Johnny from daycare because you want them to work late.