Tony Gale, HR solutions expert at Access Group, shares his thoughts on how businesses can become a destination employer – a company with the ability to consistently attract and retain the very best talent.
Happiness can be a driving force for better performance and productivity and it’s simply a good idea to be happy in your daily job.
A bunch of lazy slackers we definitely are not, but if we are to achieve the levels of economic growth we desperately need in the UK, we are going to have to sort out our historically low productivity problem.
In terms of job satisfaction, a study has found a worrying 40 per cent of employees in the UK find their workplaces duties dull.
Around 74 per cent of respondents to a study believe they could achieve higher job satisfaction and be more motivated running a business inspired by their hobby.
Despite being serialised in a far from flattering light by BBC TV show The Office, Berkshire town Slough has been found to be the best place to work in the UK by business review platform Glassdoor.
Almost a third of UK workers believe their productivity has suffered as a result of work-related stress and 44 per cent claim their motivation has suffered, and one in four thinks stress has held them back in their career.
Trendy workspaces and fatter pay packs might once have been enough to secure workplace loyalty, but no more.
Brits are particularly savvy when it comes to job offer negotiations, so bosses should brace for bartering, as over half of jobseekers have fought for changes to role opportunities during interview stage.
For the vast majority of businesses, its employees are the lifeblood. Which is why having a co-operative group of individuals that can work well together in a team is crucial to the success of a business. Easier said than done, however.
Some 74 per cent of workers have been engaged in office pranks, but there have been cases where their capers have gotten too extreme, resulting in them being fired.
The importance of employee rewards is recognised by an overwhelming majority of UK SMEs, which suggests companies that don’t acknowledge this could have staff retention woes.