The Best and the Worst Work Environments

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In the millions of work environments out there, each one has their own set of characteristics. Through generalizing these characteristics, you break it down to a finite number of work environments.

As a business owner, you want to make sure that your environment is the best to help promote growth and creativity. However, it’s impossible to have only one perfect environment. Here at Direct Capital, we want to help guide you in the right direction and help with hiring decisions (People you want in your workforce) based off of the environment you want.


  • Analytical environment. In this environment, questions are encouraged. In fact almost everything is questioned. Instead of agreeing when someone suggests a new strategy, ask why it could work better than the previous method. Discussions are created from questions, and when questions are being asked, progress is being made.
  • Zero walls environment. This environment is focused on keeping the team together. Offices and enclosed cubicles are non-existent, so team members can speak freely with each other. These environments will always have team building experiences which spark cooperation.
  • Feedback environment. Honest feedback is above all forms of communication. If improvement is needed, the employee is told about it. This is also with the case when is the same with a boss is inefficient – they need to know. Trust is given to one another, and improvement is a result from mutual feedback.


  • Sink or swim environment. In this environment, it’s either success or failure. This view allows little to no chance for people to learn from their mistakes. If there are gray areas that happen in life, your office should be able to have them as well.
  • Confinement environment. This environment brings out the complete opposite of teamwork. Instead of providing flexibility for growth and change, this environment forces employees into their own group where they have to work on an individual level. This will lessen or even eliminate a team mentality and can make individuals feel resentful.
  • 9-5 mentality environment. Not only does this mean more than working an 8 hour shift, but it’s also a mentality. This revolves around conforming to certain expectations within a set timeframe. Well as some of you are aware of (including me), sometimes it takes more than 8 hours to Crush Obstacles. But if you stop as soon as the clock hits 5, there goes all your momentum.

In order to make sure that your business is maximizing productivity, it’s important to understand and embrace these basic environments. Your entire team will thank you later.