Make your company a great place to work

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One of the secrets of being successful in business is having motivated employees. If staff members are happy in their role, productivity should increase, staff absence and staff turnover should reduce and it should help to create a positive working environment that will help attract high calibre candidates to new roles.

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Here are some hints and tips to promote staff wellbeing in your organisation:

Trust is important

Managers need to be able to trust their staff to carry out their roles, as it is not possible to micromanage every aspect of the business. By developing a rapport from the top down, companies can make sure employees are content.

It’s also important to build trust with external stakeholders, like customers and suppliers. The Edelman Trust Barometerhas found that 65 per cent of people think transparent and honest business practices are important to corporate reputations, while 63 per cent believe how well employees are treated also plays an important role in corporate reputations.

The targeted use of business gifts – such as those available from promotional merchandise provider 4imprint – is a great way to build positive working relationships within an organisation. Promotional products could be used, for example, as part of an employee recognition scheme to reward long service, a particular client win, or to simply say thanks for a job well done.

Making a workplace great

In most organisations, employees are going to come into contact with a lot of the same people on a daily basis and so cordial relations are essential if small businesses are going to be able to grow. According to Great Place to Work – which looks at a series of metrics in order to rank firms – staff who work for what they perceive to be great companies must have trust in the people they work for, have pride in what they do and respect the people they work with.

This means that management’s credibility, the respect with which employees feel they are being treated and the extent to which employees think they are being treated fairly are all key factors in how small businesses should look to build their employee culture.

Follow the leaders

In both 2011 and 2012, Google was voted as the number one company to work for. The internet giant, which employs over 30,000 employees, has been very successful in empowering its staff. If people show aptitude and passion for a particular area of work, then it makes sure the necessary resources are available for people to develop these attributes even further.

What do you do to boost employee wellbeing? Do you find there are any tactics that work particularly well when it comes to making your company a great place to work?