Does the IDEAL Small Business Work Environment Exist?

Have you ever thought about what your ideal work environment would be like?

Have you ever worked in one that came close?

And, I’m not talking about these surveys where self-serving organizations declare certain companies “Best Places to Work.”

I’m not sure what the criteria are for those programs because I’ve been brought into a few and have learned some have got real issues, too, that no one is addressing.

Even in those declared “best places to work” there are issues that are not brought up, or that are swept under the rug and there are elephants in the room people are dancing around.

I’m talking about work environments where the employees and company ownership together agree to commit to the characteristics they define among themselves.

Do you think that employers and employees would have different views of what is important in their “ideal” work environment?

They may, or they may not. It depends.

That’s why I’ve created a five-step process for helping small business owners and their team of employees to collaborate on creating their own ideal work environment.

Whenever my clients’ employees discuss with me characteristics of their ideal work environment something AMAZING happens.

It’s amazing because these are typically either negative, toxic, difficult work environments or may be defined as “under-performing.”

There are five steps to create Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment.

I=Identify (two things, what’s working in the present environment & what additional behaviors would define the new work environment)

D=Determine (the behaviors that have been holding back the work environment from being “even better”)

E=Engage & Enroll (all participants in The Clean Slate Strategy regarding any past transgressions, failures to live up to desired, expected standards)

A=Apply (new standards for performance and behavior expectations, communication styles, etc. provide training, coaching, etc. where and when appropriate)

L=Look & Listen (to the new environment to observe what’s working and where adjustments need to be made)

To learn the AMAZING thing that happens when you start the process go here to read about the two parts of Step 1 to create Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment.

If you’d like to have the playbook on creating Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment you can request the free report titled, Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment Manifesto at

Be sure to leave a comment below with the characteristics you’d like to see in your “ideal work environment.”

’til next time, Communicate with Power,

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2 thoughts on “Does the IDEAL Small Business Work Environment Exist?

  1. Andres Olivares says:

    Skip, I believe the ideal work environment it is difficult to achieve, let me expand a little bit on that comment. As work environment is people dependent or conformed by people, there will be ripple every time a new person arrives; in time, a group of people working together with well defined responsibilities and committed to the work they are performing, there is a tendency to achieve a desired work environment.
    The ideal work environment is a personal definition and as people is not the same nor have the same personal baggage achieving it is depended how homogeneous and size the group is.

  2. Skip Weisman says:

    You are absolutely correct, it IS difficult to achieve, and it is NOT impossible to achieve though.
    You are correct it is very people dependent. EVerything is. And, we have a choice because work environments develop one of two ways, through default or through design.
    For a business leader to allow their work environment to default into whatever it becomes without working with employees to design the best possible work environment is at best shirking leadership responsibilities and at worst criminal for creating what is going to become a toxic workplace.

    It takes a lot of work to maintain, no doubt. I would argue it takes just as much work, or more, to deal with the negativity and toxicity that devolves from a default developed work environment.

    So, why don’t we get everyone engaged in defining what we want, instead of complaining about what we’ve got and wishing things were different and better?

    Stay tuned for more in the coming days and I look forward to a worthwhile conversation on how to make this move in the right direction for all.

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