Harnessing the Power of Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace: Building Stronger Connections for Success

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In the ever-evolving realm of business, emphasis on technical prowess is being counterbalanced by the rising importance of interpersonal, or ‘soft’, skills. Given the shift towards collective ingenuity and synergistic problem-solving, these interpersonal abilities are of utmost importance in this new era.

Forging Rapport through Communication and Attentive Listening

Interpersonal skills are akin to an intricate tapestry of capabilities, with communication forming the central threads. Proficient communication is not merely articulating one’s standpoint; rather, it involves a reciprocal exchange that necessitates understanding and internalising others’ viewpoints. Intrinsically linked to this is attentive listening, the unsung champion of effective dialogue. By embracing this facet, we validate others’ perspectives, thereby establishing a harmonious and inclusive professional milieu.

Uniting Workforces with Collaborative Problem-Solving

Problem-solving is yet another vital thread in the rich tapestry of interpersonal skills, extending beyond individualistic attempts at resolution. It concerns the identification of issues, evaluation of potential solutions, and their collaborative implementation. This not only unifies the workforce under a common objective, but also bolsters the interpersonal connections among members, resulting in a more efficient and productive environment.

Emotional Intelligence: The Underpinning of a Robust Professional Environment

Emotional intelligence, the fabric that binds all threads together, is arguably the most influential of all interpersonal abilities. By acknowledging and managing our emotions and those of others, we enhance our capability to handle stress, empathise with colleagues, traverse intricate situations, and solidify relationships. This engenders an environment marked by empathy and understanding, thereby promoting workplace success.

In the grander scheme, mastering interpersonal skills within the professional sphere is a voyage rather than a terminus. It necessitates continuous learning, adapting, and utilising these skills to foster an environment characterised by mutual understanding, respect, and efficient collaboration. By forging stronger connections via interpersonal skills, we are not only charting a course for personal success but also contributing to the broader organisational triumph. The power lies within our grasp, or more accurately, within our interpersonal abilities. We would be prudent to harness it judiciously.

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces for Women™ List Methodology

The Best Workplaces for Women™list is determined using Great Place To Work’sFor All™methodology to evaluate hundreds of Certified™Great Place To Work®organisations across Australia.   

Data is based on over 40,000 employee survey responses from women in Great Place To Work® Certified™ organisations across Australia. 

The survey 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organisation’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. 

Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organisational data like size, location, industry, and the number of women in the workforce and management positions. 

Considerations 

Great Place To Work analysed the gender balance of each workplace, how it compares to each company’s industry, and patterns in representation as women rise from front-line positions to executive/C-suite roles. 
Survey data analysis and women’s representation figures are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience and opportunities for all women, regardless of their role or demographic background.   

Eligibility   

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™. Companies must also employ at least 50 women. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, and investigate any employee reports of company in compliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Please note this list is NOT ranked. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Best Workplaces™ Australia 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of almost 50,000 employees across Australia.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organisation creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organisation, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyse these experiences relative to each organisation’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organisation to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

For larger organisations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organisations to share with us their practices, policies and programs to creating a great workplace For All™ and evaluating the approach they take.

Why do you say in one place your national list scoring is based on 85%/15% and in another place that it is 75%/25%?

We are explaining two different things:

1.  The criteria we evaluate

2.  Where the data comes from