A Practical Guide For Finding a Great Place to Work

A Practical Guide to Finding a Great Place to Work

Don’t Accept that New Job Until You Ask These Important Questions

You’re looking for a great place to work; with people you admire and where jerks don’t survive. A place where you can get results, without losing your soul. 

A great place to work where you can learn and grow; where your work makes an impact.

In this economy, if you’re good, you’ve likely got choices. So how do you decide if this is the right place for you?

How do you figure out if your prospective employer is truly offering a great place to work or a shiny veneer with a foosball table and a clever recruiter?

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Whether you’re wrestling with a greener grass dilemma or just starting out, take time to dig a bit deeper and ask yourself these questions.

C- Cause

Do your homework on the mission, vision, and values of the organization. Dig around their website, do a Google search, talk to others who work there—be sure you understand what matters most and how it aligns with who you are. Just because this is a great place to work for someone else, doesn’t mean it is for you.

• Does the mission of this organization light me up?
• Are people here doing work I believe in?
• Is this how I want to be spending my time?

A- Admiration

Do what you can to find out a bit about the people who work here. Ask open-ended questions during the interview process to learn more about their motivations and leadership styles. Then ask yourself:

• Are these my people?
• Are there leaders here who I admire—people I could learn from and perhaps even emulate?
• How did they treat me in the interview? How did they treat their assistant? How did they show up when they ran into others walking down the hall?

R- Rigor

Do what you can to see how work gets done. Ask to talk to some people doing similar roles. It won’t feel like a great place to work if you can’t get anything done.

• Do they have the tools they need for success?
• Is there a culture of accountability and collaboration?
• What gets in the way and slows them down?

E- Energy

As you look around, tune into the energy level. Most great places to work have a vibrant feel.

• Do people seem engaged and excited about what they’re up to?
• Are the breakrooms filled with lonely people staring into microwaved Tupperware with little connection, or are they smiling and engaged in upbeat conversation?
• Start in the parking lot. What would it feel like to walk through those doors every day?

E- Expansion

Think past job security to career security. A great place to work will leave you better than they found you.

• How will you grow professionally and personally from working here?
• What new skills will you acquire?
• Will there be opportunities for lateral moves and special projects?
• What is the typical career path for someone in this role?

R- Risk Taking

This may be the hardest to tap into, but it’s worth trying. If you get a chance, do a bit of job shadowing or at least talk to people in the role you will be taking on.

• Is this a culture full of FOSU (fear of speaking up) or do people feel like they can tell the truth—up, down and sideways?
• What happens if you make a mistake around here?
• Are innovation and new ideas encouraged?

If you’re looking for a great place to work, it’s worthwhile to take the time to go a level deeper to learn as much as you can about what you’re getting into.


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Future's Bright: Preparing Today's Kids to Lead Tomorrow

Throughout June, Great Place to Work is hosting a blog-a-thon focused on the workplace of the future. They invited “workplace leaders, strategists, managers, employees, pundits, and all who care about creating great workplaces to envision the great workplace of the future.”

We were asked to “contemplate how workplaces will function in 10, 15, or 25 years, and what will make them great.” From my angle the future starts by preparing our kids.

5 Ways To Prepare Today’s Kids To Lead Tomorrow’s Workforce

How will we prepare our little ones for great leadership in tomorrow’s workforce? The future requires creativity, technical savvy, and most importantly the ability to create connections between people and ideas.

The future global economy requires these competencies for kids in developed and remote areas around the globe. As technology spreads, so must the learning.

In an interview with the Washington Post, renowned futurist, Ray Kurzweil, shares his predictions on the speed of global technology adoption.

“Everything was slow in the “old” days – the rate of change as well as the ability and tools people had to accommodate change. Both sides of the equation are much faster today. People can (and are) becoming “Internet savvy” very quickly. It doesn’t take long. The Web and mobile technology [are] invading the entire world including Africa at a very fast pace. Look how quickly Asia has adapted.”

The future is speeding toward us. Help our kids prepare.

5 Ways To Prepare Kid’s To Lead The Future

  1. Build Character – The future requires great human beings. Integrity, compassion, work ethic, servant leadership…these characteristics become even more vital with powerful tools and global reach. Reputations can be destroyed overnight through social media. Words last.
  2. Expanding Communities – The concept of community is rapidly changing. We must teach our kids to build responsible and valuable online relationships. Connect around areas of common interest. Proactively learn from global experts. Actively contribute as thought leaders to these discussions. The internet provides a powerful voice to the young and powerless. Build an online network to leverage for future leadership.
  3. Sustainability – As the planet continues to suffer from abuses and misuses, the companies of the future will have greater responsibility and more pressure for sustainable practices. Teach kids now about caring for the planet and show them their ideas and actions matter.
  4. Purposeful Learning – With so much information available from so many sources, we must teach kids to proactively mine for the data they need–making connections and drawing conclusions. Homework must evolve. No more fill in the blanks. Memorizing is mute. In the future, employees will not be “trained,” rather taught how to think and use resources. Build these competencies now.
  5. Focus – Future technology invites increased opportunities for multi-tasking. Multi-tasking invites distraction. Role model and teach kids how to prioritize, focus, pause, and build deep and connected relationships.
  6. What would you add?

Future’s Bright: Preparing Today’s Kids to Lead Tomorrow

Throughout June, Great Place to Work is hosting a blog-a-thon focused on the workplace of the future. They invited “workplace leaders, strategists, managers, employees, pundits, and all who care about creating great workplaces to envision the great workplace of the future.”

We were asked to “contemplate how workplaces will function in 10, 15, or 25 years, and what will make them great.” From my angle the future starts by preparing our kids.

5 Ways To Prepare Today’s Kids To Lead Tomorrow’s Workforce

How will we prepare our little ones for great leadership in tomorrow’s workforce? The future requires creativity, technical savvy, and most importantly the ability to create connections between people and ideas.

The future global economy requires these competencies for kids in developed and remote areas around the globe. As technology spreads, so must the learning.

In an interview with the Washington Post, renowned futurist, Ray Kurzweil, shares his predictions on the speed of global technology adoption.

“Everything was slow in the “old” days – the rate of change as well as the ability and tools people had to accommodate change. Both sides of the equation are much faster today. People can (and are) becoming “Internet savvy” very quickly. It doesn’t take long. The Web and mobile technology [are] invading the entire world including Africa at a very fast pace. Look how quickly Asia has adapted.”

The future is speeding toward us. Help our kids prepare.

5 Ways To Prepare Kid’s To Lead The Future

  1. Build Character – The future requires great human beings. Integrity, compassion, work ethic, servant leadership…these characteristics become even more vital with powerful tools and global reach. Reputations can be destroyed overnight through social media. Words last.
  2. Expanding Communities – The concept of community is rapidly changing. We must teach our kids to build responsible and valuable online relationships. Connect around areas of common interest. Proactively learn from global experts. Actively contribute as thought leaders to these discussions. The internet provides a powerful voice to the young and powerless. Build an online network to leverage for future leadership.
  3. Sustainability – As the planet continues to suffer from abuses and misuses, the companies of the future will have greater responsibility and more pressure for sustainable practices. Teach kids now about caring for the planet and show them their ideas and actions matter.
  4. Purposeful Learning – With so much information available from so many sources, we must teach kids to proactively mine for the data they need–making connections and drawing conclusions. Homework must evolve. No more fill in the blanks. Memorizing is mute. In the future, employees will not be “trained,” rather taught how to think and use resources. Build these competencies now.
  5. Focus – Future technology invites increased opportunities for multi-tasking. Multi-tasking invites distraction. Role model and teach kids how to prioritize, focus, pause, and build deep and connected relationships.
  6. What would you add?