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Now that I'm over a month into a full-time job, I will update my answer:- Figure out whom I will meet with the most. In a small company like this one, it's to our benefit that we are all on good terms.- It takes kindness and consideration from both ends to keep workflow efficient. We are all human, and anyone who is overly occupied with non-work problems during work time is removing productivity.
Good that you can make your space at work your own (or your group's own). I know the trend in many firms is to go towards activity-based workspaces (ABW) which typically involves "hot desking" where one does not have one's own space on a permanent basis. I wonder if anyone here who has worked in ABW or hot desking could chime in on how that has worked for them.
In addition to some great contributions we have seen – I am tempted to add a few more.
Mutual respect must define a good work environment. Each and every one in an org – irrespective of where they stand on the hierarchical ladder – contributes to an org's success. Therefore in absence of mutual appreciation and respect – things start to veer towards the direction of negative energy proliferation. Many orgs have lofty words in their policy materials – but the reality is often far from what are promoted and pursued – oftentimes under the clout of confidentiality.
We all process and work differently – because no two persons are the same. It implies that – while one tries to work with all sincerity and energy – it may not appear as such to someone. When this someone happens to be on the seat of power – things start to veer towards the wrong direction. Again patience, respect and appreciation – must come into the limelight in an org's policy materials and actual practice.
All must be given the space (Christopher's point) to enjoy the work. It is healthy and works both ways. A toxic atmosphere giving rise to misunderstandings and irresponsible spread of falsehood and rumors (Bill's point) – costs the victim – his or her livelihood and reputation. Most often it does not stop there – as well taking a bite off an org's reputation and ultimately its business.
Dr Dilip K Barua, PhD
Re: "What are ways in which the work environment can be positively impacted?"
The sociocultural climate within an organization is driven by the routine behaviors of those in the C-suite, Execs., and Sr. Mgrs.
The people observe the behaviors, and act accordingly.
Just like in the home.
Children listen to their parents and watch them.
i.e., what they say vs. what they do.
Given the continued absence of engineering education including sociocultural knowledge,
it is not unusual for proclamations of "We are all one!" to be written and said,
while behaviors continue diametrically opposed.
Original Message:Sent: 01-13-2023 09:48 AMFrom: William McAnallySubject: Factors impacting work environmentSuper question, Lydie. Vital ingredients in a positive workplace include honesty and as much transparency as possible. I've worked in organizations where leaders withheld information or worse, misled their subordinates. The topic might be essential financial health or just news of who was doing what. It was a poisonous atmosphere that caused others to obfuscate and even lie. Rumors ruled and the work suffered. However, I've also worked where leaders' honest and frequent communication kept everyone informed and ready to emulate that honesty. Honest communications work both ways -- no one is blindsided by bad news and morale-killing rumors can't grow.------------------------------William McAnally Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, D.NE, F.ASCEENGINEERColumbus MSOriginal Message:Sent: 12-09-2022 09:23 AMFrom: Lydie Edith UwantegeSubject: Factors impacting work environmentWhat are ways in which the work environment can be positively impacted?1.From an employer's perspective,