For me, as a small business leader and entrepreneur, it is all about fostering an environment where people work better and thrive because they are passionate
about what they do with a supporting culture. Employees need to be your raving fans as much as your customers and partners.
What makes a workplace great? For my team at Amaxra, I follow six simple rules:
- Diversity leads the way. The workplace needs to be one where diverse individuals
(walks of life, experiences, situations, skills sets, work styles and more) and diverse teams come together to drive best contributions.
- Engaging and no fault culture. Honest, open, transparent dialogue is what makes this work. I work very hard at maintaining a culture that promotes
experimentation, fosters right risk taking and learning at its core. It inspires open communication, fairness and better allows for providing accommodations.
Providing an environment where taking risks is “OK” because you aren’t on your own is very important.
- Work – Life Flexibility. I specifically don’t think “balance” is the right word – why? People work at different paces and how much they want to work
and when is a very personal thing. Giving people options of when, where and how to work, gets to the way people like to work. It’s not the same
for everyone. Some people love working remote at times or Friday afternoon no meeting blocks. For others flex time to pick up children or caring
for elderly parents or hitting the gym early. If you force a 9 – 5 culture that’s exactly what you will get in return.
- Recognize people the way they want. It’s not the same for everyone and understanding how people like to be recognized is imperative. This ranges from
career advancement, bonus’, conferences, event tickets to simple shout outs. The handwritten thank-you card or e-mail, the happy face balloons
on a job well done or the $25 coffee card. Learn what each of your team values and you will hit a home run every time.
- Assume Positive Intent. Not everybody who works together will become best friends but it’s important to set a minimum level of interaction when conflicts
arise. At Amaxra we drive to always assume in conflict situations that positive intent was meant by the other party. There are five ways to view
others – Appreciate, Accept, Tolerate, Avoid and Repulsed. At Amaxra – the minimum acceptable interaction is Accept.
- Get the right people on the bus and share the driver’s seat. Who the people are in your company truly matter. Moreover, how they interact and treat
each other with respect, dignity and assuming positive intent makes the difference every day. Cultural fit for Amaxra is a non-negotiable, no matter
how talented an individual might be. By providing development opportunities, promoting from within and allowing leadership from anywhere in the
organization, helps keep those right people on the bus too.
From this, I see that dynamic and inspired workforces are made and sustained. Dynamic Workforces infuse, inspire, and inform every aspect of your business. They drive excellence and innovation throughout your whole organization. From key leaders and teams, to a dynamic, energized teams and individuals working across functional boundaries and lines. It’s your people who truly move you forward.
It’s also just not about the work itself – it’s about our community as well. As a woman led and certified WBENC business, supporting women in business and technology is paramount. We are strong advocates of associations, programs and opportunities for women like WBENC, Women in Wireless, Innovate Her, STEAM and others. Moreover, we encourage our employees on all fronts to be active positive contributors to the community around them.
How do you define a great place to work? What do you do that your employees rave over? What does “flexible” mean to you in the contents of your workplace? Let me know and I’d love to grab a coffee or exchange some e-mails to chat further.
Contact me at Rosalyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425 749 7471 if you have any questions or comments on this blog.