Three things to look for in your workplace – Or – Why I still work here

Tenure at PR firms is rare. I suppose that is why I get frequent questions about mine. I’ve been with BlissPR since 2003. Last week I was asked why, three separate times. My answer has always been the same: there are lots of reasons but essentially I like and respect the people I work with.  Upon reflecting further I have three reasons which can also be things to look for in your own workplace:

The power of positive thinking.

More than a self help book, this mantra should permeate your work-life. We all have our moments (or weeks for that matter) but overall your teams, boss and colleagues should all see the glass half full. Positive attitudes are infectious, but so are negative, so surround yourself with people who enjoy the side where the grass is green.

Supportive Challenge

People grow the most from challenges, stretching, being outside their comfort zone. But you want to know people have your back while you are out on a limb experimenting. It starts in grade school and it never really stops. Make sure you find a workplace that pushes you towards challenges but supports you while you experiment.

Creative Commons

A popular Flickr site yes, but also what your workplace should be.  Whether you are an introvert who does their best thinking solo, or a gregarious person who loves to brainstorm with a crowd, being in a place that fosters creative thinking is important.

I am not naïve enough to suggest you will always like everyone you work with or you won’t have “those days” but overall it is important that your workforce is a positive, supportive, challenging place the fosters creativity. It’s what I found, and it’s pretty much why I stay.

What attracts you to your workplace?

Cortney Rhoads Stapleton Executive Vice President and head of the New York Office and Professional Services Practice at BlissPR New York.  She is also the chair of the global B2B Practice Group for Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independently owned public relations counseling firms. Check here for more information on the B2B Practice Group within Worldcom Public Relations Group.

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  • What attracts me to my workplace? I just started an internship with Hill & Knowlton and the one thing that I love is that most people have been with H & K for 10, 15 or even 25 years. It’s great starting out with a company that I know treats its employees well and has great internal communications. We work very closely with another office in the state and I already feel like they are my family. Everyone is very positive about me staying after my internship, supports me a great deal in all that I do and definitely fosters creativity. Just listening in on the conference calls, I know that they are a team 100% of the time and encourage new ideas from ALL team members, including their new intern. I didnt have to look for this list of things in my workplace–they were just there! Did I mention this is only my 2nd week?

    • Cortney

      That is great Meagan! Congratulations on your internship and on finding a nurturing first environment in which to learn. A workplace that encourages new ideas at every level is extremely important. While more junior team members don’t always have the knowledge/history of the client, they bring fresh thinking without the inhibitions of what has already been tried – that sort of uninhibited creativity can be very powerful for clients and teams. Good luck with the rest of your internship!

  • Yes, this is what make the difference between you and others, its your responsibility to make the place that you are working in a better place. Spreading positivity is a very important factor to get this done. If there is positivity in you and your work place, obviously people would love to come there. Excellent post Cortney, thanks.

  • I couldn’t agree more, I have written about positive workplaces as well, especially since I am lucky enough to have a very awesome one for myself, and I too believe that a perfect workplace is indeed essential to be totally awesome at what you do. It’s not a requirement of course, but it helps a whole lot.
    Personally, I can say that the fact my workplace has areas to relax and have a warm drink is one of the best things, relaxing like this helps immensely in regaining your focus when you have lost it and can’t seem to complete your tasks any other way.

  • I couldn’t agree more, I have written about positive workplaces as well, especially since I am lucky enough to have a very awesome one for myself, and I too believe that a perfect workplace is indeed essential to be totally awesome at what you do. It’s not a requirement of course, but it helps a whole lot.
    Personally, I can say that the fact my workplace has areas to relax and have a warm drink is one of the best things, relaxing like this helps immensely in regaining your focus when you have lost it and can’t seem to complete your tasks any other way.