Last week, I sat in on a presentation given by Amy Lyman, President/Founder of the Great Place to Work Institute.
They are the organization behind Fortune's annual "100 Best Companies to Work for" edition. Amy reviewed with us the five dimensions that make a great place to work: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The first three are subsets of TRUST, which makes up the bulk of the scoring when companies are ranked. It was interesting to hear that fairness is always the hardest one to achieve in an organization. This makes sense...because no matter what management says, there always seems to be managers who will play favorites.
If you work at a lousy company...have a look into what the GPTW Institute does and get it into the hands of your management team. If they *get it* and implement, then you'll be a much happier person at work.