What makes the best workplaces

Flexible working, investment in training and induction and showing your employees you care are what makes the best workplaces, according to a new study. 

Flexible working, investment in training and induction and showing your employees you care are what makes the best workplaces, according to a new study. 

A large-scale employee survey conducted by Vlerick Business School in collaboration with Great Place to Work – a global research institute – underlines five best ways to make employees love their workplace, be proud of their job and trust the management.

They are:

– Paying more attention to new employees in their first few months, making them feel welcome and valued. 
– Showing employees you care. Companies which encourage staff to share their achievements and ideas instil a feeling of pride and retain staff better, says the research. Sharing the company’s aims and objectives with employees and showing them how important their role is will give meaning to their work. This will also create great ambassadors when it comes to the outside world, it continues.
– Investing in training and development
– Offering flexible hours and the possibility to work from home. Employees perceive this as a sign of appreciation and trust, says the study.
– Committing to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

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Dirk Byens , Academic Dean of Vlerick Business School says: ‘’Managers need to realise that they are ‘meaning makers’, and they need to constantly create meaning for their employees. Personnel need to be repeatedly shown and told how exactly they fit in with the company’s objectives and how they deliver the company’s customer value proposition. Whatever the organisational culture, managers should be able to translate it to their employees. No job is meaningless, but it’s down to the manager to create and emphasise the meaning of each role. When employees see the meaning in their role, they talk about their job and contribute positively to corporate reputation. Companies such as Microsoft are doing this and are consequently succeeding in retaining talent and enhancing customer experience.‘’





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