AmbianceThe ambiance of physical workplaces.
Busy & Stimulating
Central / Prime Work Locations
Frugal / Minimal / Harsh Locations
Luxury Office with Amenities
Mobile Environment / Multiple Worksites
Quiet & Peaceful
Remote Work Locations
Work from Home
DecisionsHow decisions are made. This greatly influences how you spend your time. For example, firms with consensus decision making are likely to view work as a series of meetings without as much time for individual productivity.
Command & Control
Secrecy & Political Intrigue
Stakeholders Are Consulted
Stakeholders Are Sidelined
Talent-based Decisions -- best idea wins
Working StyleThe way that work is done. For example, a design team where all work is a social effort versus a team that produces designs with individual productivity. The later would tend to produce more creative work as social processes involve social compromise that can produce mediocre work.
Big Long Projects
Small Short Projects
StrategyWhere strategy originates within an organization. Top-down originates from management without consultation. Bottom-up involves management but accepts good ideas from anywhere.
Copy the Competition
PoliticsPolitics is the way that a group decides what to do. This can be candid, direct and turbulent such that it generates creative tension. Alternatively, it can be conflict avoiding whereby group harmony is prioritized over creativity and rational decisions.
Candid & Direct
Indirect & Polite
Mediocrity & Fear of Criticism
Power StructuresHow power and influence are distributed in an organization.
Bureaucracy (promotions based on rules over results)
Cronyism (promotions based on who you know)
Meritocracy (promotions based on talent and results)
Nepotism (promotions of family and friends)
Seniority (promotions based on experience over results)
ChangeHow the organization approaches change. Some firms lead aggressive change while others fight to preserve the status quo. In some cases, a firm is based on traditions and legacy such that it is rational to preserve the old ways.
Blindly Emulates Competition
Defends Status Quo
Work CultureWork culture emerges with the shared experience of teams and is beyond the direct control of management.
A more exhaustive list of work culture can be found here.
Tone at the Top
Working ConditionsWorking conditions are basic elements of a work environment that influence the health and happiness of employees.
A more exhaustive list of working conditions can be found here.
Compliance to Law
Empathy & Support