6 Characteristics Of A Truly Great Workplace

two men and a woman in business attire jumping for joy
two men and a woman in business attire jumping for joy

What is the perfect place to work? An office where every employee gets an annual 10 percent raise? And nobody ever gets fired? And the CEO knows everyone's name? And there are free massages and volleyball courts and barrels of candy apples?

None of the above. Rob Goffee of London Business School and Gareth Jones of IE Business School have spent three years asking hundreds of executives this exact question. Six qualities stood out, they found, which they revealed in this month's Harvard Business Review.

And ultimately they seem to boil down to a single nugget: Make employees feel like they're not just mindless slaves of shareholder value.