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4 ways to boost your workplace culture

For our first #IndustryInsights report, we focused on the changing face of workplace culture – from trends in communication to wellbeing and flexibility.​

“If you are lucky enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure people look forward to coming to work in the morning.”
- John Mackey, CEO and co-founder, Whole Foods

Workplace culture is a hard thing to measure but can have a vast impact on an employee’s happiness and productivity – and therefore the company’s performance.

Take a look at some of the measures you can put in place to make sure your business stays ahead of the game.

 

 

1. Flexibility

According to a report surveying UK businesses by HSBC, nine out of every ten employees value flexible working as the most important motivator for how much they get done in a day. The findings also revealed sectors that consistently offer flexible working as among the highest in terms of value output per hour.

1: Fiona Cannon (2017) The Agility Mindset
2: REED (2017) Employee Benefits Guide Aug 2017
3: CIPD (2016) Employee Outlook report on Commuting and Flexible Working, p7

2. Communication

With more employees today seeking purpose and meaning in their careers, it’s important to be able to communicate the values of your business effectively. A global survey of 26,000 LinkedIn members found that 74% want to be in a position where they feel that their job matters. Employees that feel inspired are also nearly three times more productive on average than others.

4: Towers Watson (2010) Communication ROI Study Report
5: McKinsey (2015) Delivering through diversity​

3. Wellbeing

Wellbeing in the workplace has become a top priority not just for employees, but also for companies. As of last year, surveys show that 45% of UK companies have a wellbeing strategy in place — a 15% increase from 2016. While still growing, wellbeing is becoming a key pillar for many companies.

6: Employee Benefits (2017) 96% of employers feel responsible for improving employee health behaviours
7: HSE (2017) Work-related musculoskeletal disorders statistics in Great Britain 2017, p2
8: Mind (2017) How to support staff who are experiencing a mental health problem, p2

4. The little things

A survey by Reboot Online Marketing found that 70% of employees in companies with benefits / incentives say that it makes a difference to their motivation and job retention. Creating a positive and productive working environment doesn’t have to be a single program. Sometimes, it’s a series of little things that attract the best talent and keep existing employees happy. 

9: SMF (2015) Happiness and productivity
10: Investors in People (2017) Job exodus: 2017 employee sentiment poll

 

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