HR & Management

Friendly atmosphere tops list of key benefits of working for a UK SME

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12 December 2014

Former deputy editor

Having a close relationship with colleagues and bosses is the highlight of working for a small business in the UK.

Research firm YouGov was commissioned by Nescafe Alegria to find out what makes SME workers the most happy at work – friendly colleagues secured the top vote with 82 per cent of staff and 78 per cent of employers with 54 per cent and 55 per cent respectively saying that’s the advantage of working for small firm over a larger one.

Working relationships are hugely important as 55 per cent of staff and 54 per cent of business owners agreed knowing more employees is a benefit, while 49 per cent of 18-24 year-old team members feel like they have a better social life with colleagues by working for an SME.

Katrina Webb, category manager for Nescafe Alegria, which commissioned the study, commented: “Many SMEs can’t afford provisions such as pensions and gym memberships so we wanted to find out exactly what is attracting so many employees to work for these organisations.

“Our research findings show that a choice of workplace doesn’t just come down to monetary and materialistic benefits these days – we are seeing more people opting for motivational perks and thinking beyond the payslip.”

Additionally, the opportunity to work flexible hours was named a positive quality alongside a good management procedure by 72 per cent of SME workers and 74 per cent of bosses.

The data also shows that 45 per cent of employees say having a closer relationship with managers makes them happy, with 58 per cent of employers saying it’s a feature that pleases their staff.

At 61 per cent, almost two thirds of leaders say providing staff with more say is an important advantage, falling to just 41 per cent for employees.

On 10 December we published a list of the top places to work in the UK, which revealed Google, John Lewis, and Microsoft in the top three – perhaps it’s a friendly atmosphere or flexitime that worked in their favour.

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