Is your business a great place to work?
Employee review website, Glassdoor, has announced the best company to work for in the UK, based on reviews. The category was for companies with more than 1,000 employees, and the winner is Anglian Water – which came second last year.
Anglian Water had a consistently high rating from employees, who talked about the company’s great attitude to work-life balance, excellent benefits and genuine care for customers. Employees also like the fact that the business has a ‘small business’ feel, despite being such a large utility company.
What are employees looking for?
If you’re an employer, it’s worth taking a look at some of the reviews on websites like Glassdoor – it gives you a really good idea of what matters to people, and allows you to see where there might be gaps in your own culture.
Although pay and benefits are always going to be important issues for employees, it’s important to remember that their work life is not just about the money – people like to feel that they are part of something worthwhile and that the place they work for is genuinely interested in them. Here are some of the top ‘good’ things that people put in their reviews:
- Supportive managers
- Flexible working hours
- Good training and mentoring programmes
- Opportunity to work in other locations
- Attention to work-life balance
- Real opportunities for career progression
- Empowered to make suggestions and decisions
- Listened to by wider team and senior leaders
And what don’t they want?
No workplace is perfect. And, ironically, some places that have a great reputation also have a downside – they are more popular places to work, so it can be far more competitive to get a job in the first place. Then, because people are so happy, there are fewer people leaving the business which may in turn limit some opportunities for career advancement. In general the things that people don’t like about business culture include:
- Unnecessary bureaucracy
- Lack of flexibility
- Poor management and team cultures
- Blame culture
- Expectation of working longer than contracted hours
- Poor attitude to mental health and work-life balance
Time to take a look at your business culture?
Businesses that invest time and thought into developing positive cultures really reap the benefits. A good reputation often increases the quality of job applicants, reduces absence and staff turnover and contributes to a more positive impression for customers, suppliers and advisers. There’s real value in your reputation, and it can have a measurable impact on your bottom line.
Will 2019 be the year you take a step back and make sure your business is a good place to work? We can help you review your current practices and put things in place to help you create a great working environment – just contact us today to find out how.