NO EXCUSES | HOW YOU CAN TURN ANY WORKPLACE INTO A GREAT ONE
In this follow-up guide to The Great Workplace, experts from Great Place to Work® reveal the most common excuses managers use for why they don’t create great workplaces. Too often, there’s a reason for not making the effort and for not taking the risk. Authors Jennifer Robin and Michael Burchell poke holes in every single excuse. The reasons involve everything from the nature of the organization’s leadership; excuses about who is responsible for creating great cultures (“it’s just not my job”); to hiding behind characterizations of the nature of the workforce (too young, too temporary, too union); the type of industry; or poor timing (“our industry is going through a rough time right now.”).
Robin and Burchell debunk every excuse by drawing on years of experience at Great Place to Work. The book leverages an extensive set of interviews with leaders from best companies, including Accenture, Alston & Bird, Balfour Beatty, The Coca-Cola Companies, Devon Energy, Mayo Clinic, NetApp, Teach for America, Whole Foods Market, and Zappos. It includes an extensive set of case studies, stories, tips, and tools for managers who want to transform their organizations.
The authors explain that if managers lead people properly, they can create a great workplace. They then demonstrate how managers can short-circuit their own negative thought patterns and create sustainable change in their companies. And they show how these managers not only can overcome excuses – but how they can create great workplaces that will perform better in the market and attract and retain great employees. The trick is simple: managers in any organization can transform their workplace — if they’ll only get out of their own way first.