5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Work Environment

 The ideal work environment places you in that corner office overlooking Auckland’s thriving business district. Your workers make working in the environment tolerable, even though the work might be tedious, and your boss is one of the most understanding, approachable ones there are. Your work environment makes commuting into the city worth it every day.

However, the reality is many professionals rarely have this experience. Work environment weighs significantly on your approach to your profession. When your environment reflects your ideals and attitudes, it is much easier to be productive. Conversely, when you are in conflict with those you work with, it is difficult to accomplish anything. The factors that make working pleasurable are as diverse and complicated as the social beings we are, but when looking for employment, professionals should make certain considerations.

Let’s take a look at some important considerations in choosing your work environment.

Location

Your location is wherever you complete most of your work whether it is at home, at the office or in some other alternative space. Someone who thrives in a social environment might find co-working spaces in places where they can thrive. A coworking space in Auckland is a prime example of the way in which coworking benefits these office types. Alternatively, while co-working spaces can be prime opportunities to network and collaborate, they can also be distractions to those who choose to work independently.

Geographically speaking, most prefer to work in their hometown. However, if relocating, cost-of-living becomes a major issue. Other considerations when moving to a city is whether you even desire to live in the location, as those who live in sunnier climates might be averse to relocating to cold ones and those in large cities might find working in a small town dull.

Organisational Culture

Every culture has its mission and goals to accomplish this mission. For the most part, these goals are founded upon the principles and values inculcated by leadership. These values are manifested in the culture. These attitudes are great if they align with your own, but if they are in conflict with yours, you might find the environment hostile.

Organisational culture is an important factor in choosing an appropriate work environment. The culture sets the tone and tempo of your workday, so if your principles and values do not align with that of those you work with, it makes for a very long work day. Professionals should always research the site of a prospective employer for a heads up regarding what to expect.

Management Style

Your supervisors are going to set the tempo of the office. While some employees do not mind being micromanaged, others might find their supervisors constant intrusions distracting and unpleasant and vice versa. Also, some employers will establish clear boundaries between themselves and their subordinates, and many workers are not comfortable with these rigid boundaries. Conversely, those who are used to working in an office environment that is strictly hierarchical might find social supervisors friendly but a bit lax.

Like organisational culture, management style also plays a role in choosing to work for a company. The style influences the way you feel about your work environment and performance. Again, though, this factor is a very personal thing that most professionals flesh out for themselves after having various work experiences.  

Professionalism

Humans spend, at a minimum, a third of their day at work at some occupation. This is a tremendous amount of time to spend in the company of people who do not reflect the same professionalism as you. Whether it is coming into work late, yelling at subordinates and other workers, spending most of the morning engaging in office gossip about other co-workers or engaging in a million other unprofessional behaviours, this can really be a turn-off to those who approach their business with professionalism. Not that you do not want to be social at work, but behaviours that promote hostility, and worse yet, negativity are big factors in deciding on whether to work for an outfit.

Opportunities To Grow

Your work ethic is the one factor that will help you succeed. However, if you are in a place where you can only go so far, no matter how industrious you are, there are no opportunities for growth. Wherever you work and with whomever, you want that environment to be a place that fosters employee growth.

An Environment That Promotes The Best Work Attitude

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with one of the best work cultures. Even so, the environment is one of the sole reasons why you get up and make the trek to work every day. An environment that encourages its workers to be productive will without a doubt positively impact your productivity.