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4 Characteristics of a Great Workplace

Update Date: Aug 27, 2014 09:36 AM EDT

The decision where to work is in many ways life-shaping. However not many realize this until well into their career. 

The decision where to work ultimately depends on each individual's priorities and needs. However if you find these qualities in the workplace you are considering, it would be even better. 

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Honors ideas over hierarchy

Experts firmly believe that companies that want to retain great employees have to let them make decisions. Other enlightened leadership teams ask employees to contribute ideas because evidently managers and executives don't have all the answers. A good workplace encourages debate and action on ideas. 

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Offers prospects to continue education

Consider an environment where you can challenge the status quo and learn a set of new skills and principles that enable you to continuously stretch and raise the bar for yourself. 

Provides a pace to enjoy the journey

Business these days are about collaborating across time zones. A good workplace will encourage employees to be able to transition seamlessly between work and home life without it seeming like you have strained wall of defined separation from your 'home you' and your 'work you'. 

Focuses on mission closer to your heart

You will find only few jobs that allow you to do work you believe in and enjoy. If you find one, try harder to retain that. 

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