A good salary and a nice office are all you
need, right? Actually, not quite. In fact, research suggests
that most job satisfaction hinges upon interpersonal interaction.
In other words — how you feel about the people you work
for and with.
Great Place to Work® Institute
But, don't take our word for it — there's actually an
organization that studies work environments and is dedicated
to improving society by improving workplaces. It's called
the Great Place to Work® Institute and they've been perfecting the
definition of what makes a "great workplace" for
decades. In fact, this Institute annually names the "100
Best Places to Work" for Fortune Magazine.
Great Place to Work® Institute has defined a great workplace as being comprised of trust, pride and camaraderie.
The good news
There are already a lot of units in the University that qualify
as great. Many others are pretty close. By working together,
using the tools available on this site and sharing best practices,
we can help every unit be great.
Some more good news
There are things each of us can do now begin improving a workplace
that's not so great. As you explore this website, you'll find
ideas about building positive work relationships,
raising team spirit, and improving
morale, that anyone can do. For instance:
- We know that good relationships
are essential to good work. Take a look at this page from
the University's Positive
Organizational Scholarship website, about the work of
faculty member Jane Dutton. She identifies many resources
on understanding and building good relationships (and overcoming
bad ones). In particular, you may want to check out her
- Or, if courtesy is a missing ingredient where
you work, explore some resources on the importance of civility
in the workplace:
Civility is a leading book on the subject; the website
offers some excerpts free online
- The Newsletter of the Institute for Management Excellence
2002 focused on workplace civility. (While you're
at the site, check some of their other issues, on subjects
like Respectful Workplaces, Conflict Resolution, Making
Work Enjoyable, and more.)
And remember: you can do it, and we will help
— contact us!
* Much of the information contained herein is an interpretation by the University of Michigan of the findings of Great Place to Work® Institute and the Great Place to Work® Model©.This information does not necessarily represent the findings of Great Place to Work® Institute. Comprehensive information on Great Place to Work® Institute research may be found at http://www.greatplacetowork.com.