The jobs market is buoyant right now, so business owners have to work harder to make staff stayWith the high employment rate, businesses are looking at ways to retain staff that might have their heads turned by other employers. The huge uncertainty that’s been caused by the ridiculous decision to leave the EU, has led to many businesses putting spending plans on the backburner, which has included a squeeze on wage increases. This means finding other things that will keep employees in a business, which often means workplace benefits.
The culture of the workplace has changed dramatically in recent yearsAlthough a steady paycheck is essential it is no longer the be-all-and-end-all for a lot of workers. A greater emphasis on the wellbeing and mental health of staff means that employees expect more from their job than just a wage and, according to a new study, it is playing an even more important part in people’s employment choices.
Shallow work perks aren’t enoughResearch from landlord Get Living reveals that 11.3 million Brits are not satisfied with their current perks and that almost half of those questioned would leave their job for one with better benefits. The survey also revealed that seven percent of the working population is willing to take a pay cut for a better package of perks. With some creative thinking it’s possible for employers to deliver on this culture change and maintain a happy and talented workforce.
What we do at Pimlico PlumbersAt Pimlico, we have, for many years, evolved our business with this in mind. We are a family business and we aim to ensure that our staff is given opportunities to not only enjoy their work but all of their time at Pimlico. As we all know, an army marches on its stomach and our subsidised canteen is a great refuelling station for our people throughout the day. We also have our rooftop garden, which hosts regular barbeques during the warmer weather, as well as our upcoming summer boat party on the Thames and, of course the legendary Pimlico Christmas party. However, the biggest revolution has come from our focus on health and wellbeing. The introduction of our in-house, fully-equipped gym has become the must-visit location for many of our workers. This includes a growing number of group exercise classes, like Circuit Training; but it’s the latest additions that have captured the mindfulness of the Pimlico family. We started yoga and Pilates classes and the response has been fantastic from staff.
For smaller firms, there are other options, such as schemes that offer employees discounts on everything from coffee and high street shopping to childcare vouchers, all of which can encourage loyalty and increase productivity.
Employers: Switch up your attitude about health and wellbeing, it benefits your business as much as the individual employeesAs we aim to retain the best people to ensure we can deliver a premium service to customers, it is vital for firms to provide a well-rounded package. It benefits the staff and the business in equal measure.
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