Be Effective

What Is Effective?

Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not merely survive, but to thrive. To be truly effective, a workplace—its design, practices and policies—must benefit both the organization and its employees.

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Since 2002, Families and Work Institute has engaged in a research journey to define the elements that make up effective workplaces. Based on our 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce data, we have identified six criteria of effective workplaces that include both work and non-work factors, all of which benefit both the employee and the organization.

The six criteria and their respective content are:

Work-Life Fit
Having the support, schedule and flexibility you need at work in order to effectively manage your work and personal/family responsibilities.

Supervisor Support for Work Success
Supervisors who provide you with honest and relevant information needed to do your job well and who recognize you when you a job is well done.

Culture of Trust
A workplace culture where supervisors are trustworthy, ethical, and seek your input to improve performance.

Satisfaction with Earnings, Benefits and Opportunities for Advancement
Having reasonable benefits and earnings for your job and adequate opportunities for advancement.

Opportunities for Learning
A job where the meaning and importance of the work is clear; that encourages learning and creativity; and has enough task variety to keep you interested.

Autonomy
The ability to decide or have input into what your job entails, how it is done, and to be true to yourself while doing it.