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  • 1.  Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 12-09-2022 10:11 AM
    What are ways in which the work environment can be positively impacted?

    1.From an employer's perspective,
    • what are you willing to contribute towards motivating your employees and creating a conducive space for them to deliver efficiently?
    2.From an employee's perspective,
    • what do you think you can contribute to preserve a positive environment for your fellow colleagues?
    • what are you willing to contribute, to ensure effective delivery of your employers expectations?

    [Lydie] [Uwantege] [CEng, P.E., M.ASCE]
    Civil Engineer

  • 2.  RE: Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 12-11-2022 11:20 AM
    • To preserve the positive environment, I think of ways to add on to the work strategies I was given. In this day and age, especially, work evolves, so the work strategies need to evolve too.
    • I construct a work schedule for myself and stick to it. I could overthink how my employers are thinking of me, so while they are busy with their work throughout the week, I should just be the same.

    Alexander Granato A.M.ASCE
    Bexley OH

  • 3.  RE: Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 04-10-2023 10:46 AM

    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.

    Alexander Granato A.M.ASCE
    Indianapolis IN

  • 4.  RE: Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 12-12-2022 10:31 AM
    I think there is value to having enough physical space to thrive as well. Even in a group that did not have much real estate, our team (when we were not remote) used to find ways to "decorate" our area with memes, inside jokes, and other such things to make the group feel like "our own". I'd like to think that it fostered a certain level of camaraderie and also gave other groups in the office a bit of personality to attribute to us when they thought of us.

    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer

  • 5.  RE: Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 04-17-2023 11:59 AM

    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.

    Angela Hintz P.E., M.ASCE
    Senior Project Engineer
    Buffalo NY

  • 6.  RE: Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 01-13-2023 09:51 AM
    Super 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.ASCE
    Columbus MS

  • 7.  RE: Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 01-15-2023 11:20 AM

    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


  • 8.  RE: Factors impacting work environment

    Posted 07-02-2023 09:12 PM

    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.

    • Observation:

    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.



    William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCE
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880