The 5 Steps to Create the I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment

by Jul 5, 2016

“Create the I.D.E.A.L. work environment”, but is it even possible?

Absolutely!

If it were, what would you want it to be like?

What are the characteristics of your “ideal work environment?”

 

Steps to Create the I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment

Below are the five simple steps to make it happen in any small business workplace:

 

I = Identify

The behaviors, communication styles and other characteristics people working in the environment would need to consistently display. Both company leaders and all employees should participate in this process. It can be done with everyone together, or can be done separately, and the two lists merged.

 

D = Determine

The potential roadblocks to implementing these newly identified characteristics.  Get them out on the table, address them, and agree to focus on the newly identified desired future workplace characteristics. I know you’re fearful and skeptical this can work, and it will when you approach it the correct way.

 

E = Enroll & Engage

All personnel in new behavior and performance expectations. This is done solely with an eye towards the future and defined consistent with the new culture expectations from Step 1.

 

A = Apply the Clean Slate Strategy

This provides everyone a fresh start. When implementing this strategy everyone agrees to let go of the past, give all co-workers and company leaders the benefit of the doubt, and focuses only on ensuring accountability to the agreed future.

 

L = Look & Listen

To what’s occurring in the work environment. Be open to discussing individually with team members, and within teams, everyone’s accountability to the new work environment. Be open to making adjustments and course corrections where it makes sense so the work environment continues to get even closer to “ideal.”

To get the full report that takes you step-by-step through the 5 Steps to Create Your IDEAL Work Environment go here: www.YourChampionshipCompany.com/IdealWorkEnvironment

Skip Weisman, The Workplace Communication Expert, is an internationally recognized speaker, coach and consultant and former professional baseball executive, helping small business leaders transform communication in their workplaces to create a more positive, more productive and even more profitable company. Learn more about Skip at www.YourChampionshipCompany.com .

 

Thoughts on the I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment

Creating the perfect work environment isn’t just about ticking boxes—it’s more like crafting a vibe, a whole vibe that makes people excited to come to work. It’s about finding what really matters to us as a team and making that the heart of how we operate.

Our I.D.E.A.L. method? It’s like our secret recipe for this amazing environment. We start by figuring out what we stand for—our values and what makes us tick. Then, we turn those into action plans. But it’s not a one-person show; it’s a team effort. We bring everyone on board, get their thoughts, and make sure they feel like they’re part of something special.

And hey, change? It’s not a scary word here; it’s more like a breath of fresh air. We’re always open to trying new things and letting go of what’s not working. That’s the Clean Slate Strategy—clearing out the old to make space for awesome new ideas.

Think of it as a journey we’re all on together. It’s not just about reaching a goal and calling it a day; it’s about enjoying the ride and being ready to switch gears when needed. That flexibility and willingness to grow? That’s what helps us create a place where we all thrive.

So, with this I.D.E.A.L. blueprint, we’re not just talking about a cool work environment. We’re talking about a place where ideas flow, where everyone’s at their best, and where success isn’t just a milestone—it’s a way of life.

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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