A cushy, easy job. That’s what employees want, right?
Surveys of millions of employees at companies across the U.S. by research firm WorkplaceDynamics clearly show this: Employees want to work in a culture that expects and even demands high performance. Employees overwhelmingly want to work at a company with high standards and where outcomes matter.
WorkplaceDynamics calls this element of the workplace culture “execution” and considers it to be one of the critical pieces for a company to become organizationally healthy. Firms that score well on organizational health rank consistently high in WorkplaceDynamics surveys of Top Workplaces.
What do employees say about working in a firm that insists on high levels of execution?
“I love that we hold one another accountable and that we all strive to do our best,” said one worker.
“We always do the right thing,” said another. “We don’t cut corners and will not compromise our principals to get more business. We earn the business from our producers, but we want them doing business the right way, and we expect them to conduct their business in a moral and ethical way. If they do not, then we would end the relationship.”
Still another said one of the best parts of working for the company was “high standards and high achievement of goals.”
It sure doesn’t sound like employees who crave easy, cushy jobs.
On the contrary, employees say they value when their company culture and leadership stress high standards and outcomes. They take pride in working for a firm that does it right. They say they want to be part of continuing that tradition.
“The value of having good character is not taken lightly here,” said one employee, adding that the firm “doesn’t jump into a business practice just to earn money. We actually think about the impact it may have on the company and its customers.”
Said another, “There is a push to behave ethically and with integrity by example and through the corporate culture. Even so, there is balance so that this doesn’t appear preachy or stuffy and so that we can relax and be ourselves.”
A strong focus on execution at high levels gave one employee a simple but important confidence.
“We will be around,” this employee said, “for a very long time.”