Are you in the right workplace?

Have you ever taken a moment to consider how your work environment is influencing your career growth? Our Driector of People Ops Digs into 6 key considerations for evaluating if you're in the right workplace.

By: Amy Asadi

Published: May 2022

Coming from an HR and consulting background, I've been exposed to the internal practices of 40+ organizations over my career. Regardless of size or industry, there are basic principles of a thriving workplace that should never be compromised.

At Build With Assembly, our employees are our greatest asset - as our HR leader, my goal is to bring on new talent that shares our company’s core values. I focus on building systems that foster a caring environment that instills trust in our employees to take care of the business. At the end of the day, regardless of the wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience an employee brings to the table, they are working within an operating model that sets the tone of their workplace, and shapes their future.

"At the end of the day, regardless of the wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience an employee brings to the table, they are working within an operating model that sets the tone of their workplace, and shapes their future."

Let's look at why these systems and operating models are so important to your professional and personal growth.

In his book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”, Dr. Joe Dispensa talks about how what you feel and what you think create your personal reality. Since our thoughts are not greater than our feelings, it is important we maintain a continuous high frequency vibration of bliss, happiness, and contentment to grow into a better version of ourselves. Conversely, marinating in a stressful, toxic work environment hinders creativity, productivity, innovation, and prosperity.

The implication of experiencing a thriving work relationship or the repercussions of enduring an unhealthy toxic one can have a significant impact on how we perceive our capabilities, self-worth, and life overall. There is nothing better for your career growth, professional advancement, and personal prosperity than learning and growing in a psychologically safe environment.

Are you in the right workplace? Here are 6 key considerations to help you evaluate:

1. You look up to your executive leadership team: In the Harvard Business Review Emotional Intelligence - Leadership Presence, they present studies that show the most effective leaders strike a balance between compassion and warmth on one hand, and technical ability, risk appetite, and authority on the other. Effective leaders are not reluctant to share knowledge and are willing to open doors to advance their employees' careers.

2. Your opinion is welcome, and your voice is heard: It is clear that people operations are set in place with guiding principles that ensure clarity, transparency, equity, and equal opportunity. You are comfortable voicing honest opinions without having to worry about being misunderstood.

3. Your relationship with your manager is healthy and balanced: You know you're in the right workplace when you enjoy the days your manager is present more than the days they aren't. You notice that you leave weekly meetings more energized, pumped up, laser focused, and clear.

4. You are sincerely valued and recognized: Your manager praises your work behind your back and gives you credit for your contribution. You know positions are fairly assigned and appreciate that your direct manager is two steps ahead of you. Sharing reciprocated trust and mutual accountability on the job.

5. The importance of strong mental and physical health are not taken lightly: Of course, there are days when you will be asked to put in extra effort. However, the negative impact of being overworked or stressed shouldn't be taken lightly by your manager. You should have the right tools, benefits, and relationships in place to take a break when you need to.

6. Your growth is a top priority: Talent management systems are in place to provide clarity on where you stand in your career - you know your next steps, your strengths, and areas for improvement. Your role is designed to ensure clarity, autonomy, variety, and growth. Your objectives are set, and performance feedback is a continuous open conversation throughout the year.

So, are you in the right workplace?