You cannot buy workplace culture but you can do your darndest to cultivate it. So, what is the consensus on what makes a great place to work?
A great workplace culture was one of the top reasons Stella found her new job so rewarding. It wasn’t just the perks like free nibblies on Fridays that kept her happy. She soon discovered that the overall culture her new workplace oozed was simply infectious.
When it comes to the nine to five grind there is not much more rewarding than being able to report to family and friends about how fabulous your job is going. After all, we often spend a huge chunk of our waking hours at work each week. When Stella took on her new role she wasn’t expecting the morale-building, nurturing environment she stumbled into.
What were the characteristics that made her new workplace a great place to work? Can you foster an enriching environment like it too? Read on and make up your own mind.
According to a study  undertaken by Quantum Workplace of 169,000 workers, companies that notched top honours as being the best places to work showed some common fundamentals. Health insurance, dental insurance, and retirement plans – these were considered baseline benefits for employees.
But, what were the real sweeteners for creating a great place to work?
It seems employers are throwing in other advantages for their valued staff:
- extended maternity leave
- paternity leave
- cutting-edge health and wellness activities
- flexible working hours
Quantum Workplace President and CEO, Greg Harris, says their study highlighted that developing a strong company culture breeds stunning individual and team performance.
“Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad – be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges. Phrases like “Do my best work” and “I work on in amazing team” were seen countless times, indicative of the virtuous circle of culture and performance”.
Based on the Quantum survey, following are some of the policies and perks that determine a great place to work.
#1 Flexible work arrangements
Flexible working arrangements can help to empower employees to be flexible themselves and work to determine the best way for them to meet their needs, both in and out of the office.
#2 Chillout zones
Employers were noted to offer their staff zen rooms and breakout areas to clear their mind when needed. Beanbag chairs and colouring in books were included for the staff to use in these some of these areas.
#3 Don’t worry be happy
One noted employer in the survey appoints a Sanity Control Committee and another has a monthly budget to spend on their employees for ‘whatever makes them happy’. What can you do to foster a steadily stress-free environment?
#4 Family support
As mentioned above, some employers offer extended parental leave pay, but others go above and beyond with additional support for parents. One employer in the survey offers free parenting and birthing classes, breastfeeding counselling, work re-entry counselling, and back-up child care support when a babysitter cancels.
#5 Share the fortune
Fancy a share in the company? 38 percent of the top 50 ranked companies offer company profit sharing plans to their employees. This is one genius way to make sure the bottom line is on the mind of employees too.
Businesses can’t buy culture but they certainly have a steady hand at driving the ship.
Stella found a company worthy of her time and her effort. And the benefits she will return to her employer through dedicated, quality work and effort will be returned ten-fold.
Is it time you revisited the ethos of your workplace and built a culture and values worth writing home about?
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*Source: 1. Inc.com: We Asked 169,000 Workers About What Makes Their Workplace Great. Here’s Their Take – Greg Harris, Quantum Workplace