In an ideal world, a good work environment would pay employees a living wage, offer employees a stake in the company's success, provide safe work conditions, offer high quality food at the lowest prices possible, provide clear and specific expectations, and develop two-way performance reviews. A great work environment would offer all these benefits plus a well-equipped gym and a comfortable place to take intermittent breaks during the day.
According to the Harvard Business Review, more than 100 studies have shown that happy employees are the most productive. A good work environment is the best way to engage employees. This is done by addressing their four basic needs: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Employees need more than just money, they need to feel valued and inspired.