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productivity and ingenuity.
complex. His first impression
Not all organizations must provide games
was positive-the water founPerhaps the once-flexible
and freebies to foster a fun work environment.
tains and spaciousness of the
work environment was taken
The same organization with Nerf guns and
campus was calming. His first
advantage of one too many
free soda also had an innovation room-a
impression was immediately
times, so the organization
room covered floor to ceiling with white
trumped by his second impreshad to revoke some of the
boards and a basket of never-ending drysion after an unpleasant run-in
privileges.
erase markers.
with the rude front desk secuAnother organization provided each
rity guard. But his spirits were
employee with a monthly office supply allowance employees
lifted again when he saw the foosball table
could use to purchase fun cubicle décor or specialty pens for
in the breakroom, and shot down once again
their work stations. Sometimes just having a direct manager who
after seeing the cubicle farm full of unhappy
has your back makes all the difference. Whether it's workplace
faces. It was apparent that the calming water
perks or a fun atmosphere, a successful work environment
fountains were not working.
always includes the employees, not just the physical space in
Not all organizations can provide their
which they work.
employees with the ideal work environment,
but there are organizations that try. Some
organizations allow casual dress if employees
No one actually likes dressing up for work
dress up when important clients visit. Some
Does anyone truly enjoy wearing a suit and tie every day? Or
organizations allow more flexible schedules
a wrinkle-free blouse that must be dry cleaned? Most people
for certain departments with the understandprobably don't.
ing that the privilege can be revoked with
Not only do the organizational perks and support make up a
declining productivity. Some organizations
large portion of employee satisfaction, so do restrictions and
take advantage of the free positive marketing
guidelines. A work environment that enforces a strict dress
they receive on social media from their happy
code or even strict working hours can make for an undesirable
employees rather than spend money on
employment situation, even if there is free soda in the breakroom.
expensive furnishings.
As competition for qualified talent increases, so has the focus
It's apparent that the employee voice often
on the work environment requirements. More and more people
speaks volumes more about an organization
are willing to accept a smaller salary for the flexibility of workthan the furniture.
ing from home, or even working in an environment that doesn't
When you're looking for a job, keep in
emphasize a "dress for success" mentality. It has become apparmind that there are many factors that go in
ent over the past several years that the most favorable workplace
to determining the perfect work environperk is a flexible work environment.
ment. It is important to assess them all and
Sadly, there are still organizations that pride themselves on
determine your ideal fit. If you already have
a strict, rigorous schedule for their employees. You're consida job, it wouldn't hurt to suggest ideas to
ered late if you aren't at your desk by 9 a.m. You're considered
your current organization-you might be
a slacker if you leave at 4:58 p.m. You're labeled "not a team
surprised that your organization welcomes
player" if you don't work through your lunch. It's possible orgathe change.
nizations like this have these restrictions for a reason. Perhaps
the once-flexible work environment was taken advantage of one
too many times, so the organization had to revoke some of the
privileges.
How does this type of work atmosphere play into the other
attributes that make up an ideal work environment? Would you
Denise Wrestler is an
be willing to follow strict organizational guidelines in exchange
independent quality
for free soda and on-site dry cleaning?
assurance/regulatory

Your ideal work environment requires analysis

Finding the ideal ratio of work and play is more complex than just
looking at an organization's building or employees.
A colleague of mine once interviewed at an organization that
was comprised of spacious buildings in an impressive campus

14 QP

September 2017 ❘ qualityprogress.com

assurance consultant for CYA
Medical Device Consulting in
Dallas. She holds a bachelor's
degree in chemical and
biomedical engineering from
the University of California,
Irvine. An ASQ member, Wrestler is an ASQ-certified
quality auditor and engineer.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - September 2017

Seen and Heard
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Career Coach
Expert Answers
Field Notes
Data Disruption
The Deal With Big Data
Better Intelligence
A Study in Measurement
Innovation Imperative
Statistics Spotlight
Standard Issues
ASQ's 2017 Quality Resource Guide
Marketplace
Footnotes
Back to Basics
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