It is hard to thrive or feel passionate about your job when you don’t like the company you work for. Sometimes all it takes is one horrible manager or a leader to ruin your entire experience at work. You team matters too, a lot. Studies show that poor work environment is the leading cause for many people to leave their jobs.
What makes your work environment?
Your work environment is very broad, and it encompasses a few areas. It includes your management, your peers you interact with on a daily basis and the overall company culture. What do these three components have in common? They all contribute to how you feel about your company and can make a huge difference in your experience there.
Your work environment is closely related to growth (the third pillar). But growth is more about your personal effort. The harder you work, the more you learn and the more you grow, right? Generally, that is the case. However, sometimes work environment can either promote or slow down your growth considerably. For example, getting regular promotions is typically associated with growth. However, if you are not getting your well-deserved promotion because your company has a bias against your race, gender, or personal beliefs, that’s the product of poor work environment.
Management is a huge part of your work environment. The leadership style of top executives affects the entire culture of the company all the way down to direct supervisors, like a domino effect. If your supervisor is abusive or disrespectful, that usually means his or her supervisor is willing to tolerate this type of behavior.
Nothing is worse than a boss you can’t stand. Or a boss who is difficult to communicate with because you two simply don’t see eye to eye. Many times, simple disagreements can be resolved using effective communication tools. Unfortunately, our culture sometimes teaches us that it is unsafe to speak your mind at work. Which can lead to passive aggressive behavior among employees and ultimately them leaving the company.
Your team members and peers are a particularly important part of your life. You spend most of your days with them, including lunch breaks and occasional happy hours. Many of our co-workers become our friends for life and sometimes even feel like family members. If you don’t get along with your team, going to work can be hard and unpleasant.
On the other hand, if you love your teammates and really enjoy spending time with them, it can be quite easy to ignore other aspects of your job that are not working. People often tolerate lower pay, lack of growth and other areas of unhealthy work environments because they love their team.
Last, but not least part of your work environment is the overall company culture and values. Sometimes there is a big difference between the type of culture the upper management wants to create and what really shows up. It is important to be proud of the company you work for. This will create positive motivation and drive to succeed, ultimately feeding your passion for the work you do.
Katherine Bouglai is a career transition coach and the founder of Blossom Career. She works with professionals in technology who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for successful career transition. Her specialties include career change, resume development, job search strategies, job interview preparations, offer negotiations and other related skills.