Glassdoor and Indeed are sites where employees, both past and present, are able to review a company’s working conditions and since their inceptions, businesses have been frantically trying to improve conditions in order to maintain positive reviews. A positive review is key to attracting the very best staff, as well as retaining the great staff which they already have. To do this well you must first understand what staff are looking for in a workplace. Best Version Media is an international publishing company who always have whitely positive reviews from the workforce, and this is because they understand what employees need in the business. If you want to change the culture in your business, and receive reviews like Best Version Media do, here is what you need to focus on.
Two Way Street
When it comes to staff needing time off, for whatever reason at all, you must create a culture where they can feel comfortable asking, and that in most cases you will be supportive and grant them the time. Many companies are slated because staff are scared when asking for a day off, or even an afternoon off work. Instead of thinking in the now you must do as Best Version Media do and think of the long term picture. Being flexible in this regard is very much a two-way street and if you can help them, you will create an environment whereby they will also step up and help you when it is needed.
Staff spend a large percentage of their lives working for you and because of that the impact that their working lives have on their overall levels of happiness is huge. This is why you must have a culture within the workplace where fun is featured. Of course you should always be careful that the fun doesn’t overtake the work, but you must find ways of putting a smile on the face of the staff. Best Version Media do this brilliantly and they often run competitions between teams, put on fun events and encourage their team to enjoy themselves at work, as long as the job is done well. Many think that people laughing and joking means that they aren’t working but if you create the balance between work and fun, you will increase the happiness levels of your team, which always results in more productivity.
In the main a member of staff wants to do the job to the best of their ability and unfortunately there are too many occasions whereby they aren’t able to because they simply haven’t got the tools to do the job. A butcher would struggle without a sharp knife, a fireman would have difficulties if their hose has holes in it, so why wouldn’t you get a new desk chair for your staff, or a new mop and bucket for your cleaners. Businesses must do their bit in making sure that the staff can deliver their job, and that means getting them the right tools to complete it well.
Change these things and you may be able to create a vibrant and positive culture like Best Version Media.