Does the work environment influence current organizations? It is a long ignored question, as organizations dedicated themselves to maximizing profits and profitability, leaving aside the importance of participation of human resources in the process to achieve these ends.
However, for some time, many studies have shown the relevance of a good work environment in companies, regardless of size or industry. A positive work environment impacts on each of the members of an organization, and is reflected in the increase in performance and individual productivity, retaining talents, generating motivation, reducing absenteeism percentages and enhancing commitment, allowing in short that the companies manage to grow their profitability.
The Hay Group Argentina consultancy at the beginning of 2018, detailed in one of its studies how productivity can grow by 30%, only by improving the work environment between colleagues and hierarchical team.
We can start by understanding that key factors For an organization it is understood, first by financial capital, second by technology, and the third most important factor is human resources.
Few companies today take the three factors at the same level of importance, although finances are necessary for a company to exist, we must also give it relevance and work in coordination with the technology and human resources sector, placing them from the management in the same place of preponderance than finances.
To understand the importance of the three parts we can exemplify, making an analogy of a company with an athlete; The finances that in the company represent the administration of its collections and payments, in the athlete it is the oxygen necessary to breathe. The technology that allows the company to improve processes, develop new products, enter new markets, be competitive and more efficient, provides the athlete with information that allows measuring performance and human resources, which in the company reflect skills, competencies , communication, decision-making, work climate and teamwork, in the athlete are the skills, training, their food necessary for the high demand, resistance capacity and resilience.
This combination of finance (oxygen), technology (efficiency) and human resources (skills) enable the company and the Athlete, to carry out new goals, adapt to environmental situations, decision-making capacity to face difficulties, perform more efficient tasks, greater confidence and increase performance and productivity.
Understanding the importance of HR in modern management, we will go on to identify the main points to take into account to achieve a good working environment.
- Values-based interpersonal relationships
- Incentive system for employees
- Recognition of good practices
- Physical, technological and cultural conditions
- Organizational culture
- The leadership
We detail the two most important
1.- The organizational culture, It must prioritize a positive work environment, through its vision, mission and values, being the responsibility of the top management, through its policies and management systems.
2.- Leadership, on the other hand, it is decisive within a good working environment. The new supervisors or people responsible must be leaders with more human traits (listening, communicating and inspiring the employee), generating high-quality relationships at work, beyond the functions or tasks to be performed. They must ensure that employees contribute their best, working as a team in a climate of trust to meet the objectives of the organization.
A survey published by the magazine specialized in business and finance Forbes Argentina, showed that 65% of employees would give up a salary increase if their boss was fired in exchange and another high percentage left their job due to their relationship with their boss.
So, we can summarize that any type of organization and its leaders or managers of areas and sectors, must work in the generation of a good work climate, emphasizing values, behaviors and attitudes, interpersonal relationships, communication, individual development, conflict resolution and promotion of decision-making, which will ultimately impact on better individual and collective performance, that is, better productivity with a significant impact on the profitability of organizations.
A great place to work is one where you trust the people you work for, are proud of what you do, and enjoy the people you work with. Robert Levering, co-founder, Great Place to Work
for Eduardo Meljin
National Public Accountant, Master in Business Administration -University Francisco Do Vitoria Espaa, Executive MBA with Specialization in Finance – University of California, Postgraduate Degree in Finance and Sustainable Business – Fundacin Universitas, Postgraduate Degree in Leadership and Team Development – Siglo 21 University , Management Skills Management – UBA, Work Team Formation – ISAL.