Fostering a positive culture, with strong leadership, training and wellbeing, is one of the most crucial elements of running a successful business. After all, a company with happy employees is one that has happy customers, and ultimately attracts the best talent.
Positive culture and strong leadership
We believe that truly inspiring things can happen when every person within an organisation pulls toward a shared vision.
But it cannot be achieved by strategy alone – it takes agile leadership to set the right ethos, values and culture. It is a leader’s place to adapt to the ever-changing business landscape.
Their simultaneous goal is to create a business that has soul, personality, and is a great place to work.
One of the most valuable ways of achieving this strong leadership stance is by being visible. By being accessible to your team, you can spend time with them on a regular basis.
After all, the people working within an organisation are its most important asset. Invest in them, appreciate them and get to know them. Only by understanding each team member and the challenges they face, can a business tackle powerful challenges and find a way to make a difference to them.
Training and development
The key to a happy workplace is to focus on personal and professional development.
Natural talent is the area in which most employees perform at their best, so a business which helps employees to thrive – by focusing on their strengths and building upon them – is one which will prosper. There is no need to focus solely on trying to improve their weaknesses.
Businesses should also never shy away from an opportunity to help employees learn something new, expand their skills and broaden their horizons - from customer service workshops, to employment law training, the list is endless.
This helps staff to develop within their role and create career progression opportunities – fulfilling their desire to keep on learning. It also allows employees to provide a better service to clients and support other colleagues when required.
Aside from formal training, it can also be beneficial to cultivate employees’ personal goals, with regular one-to-one HR meetings, in which they are able to identify how they would like to be rewarded for achieving goals.
Social outings can be another great morale booster.
Recently, PwC calculated that wellbeing programmes can deliver anything between a 1:2-34 return. That means that for every £1 spent, organisations saw between £2 and £34 ROI.
As a result, 82% of firms saw a reduction in sickness and absence.
The Princes Responsible Business Network has consequently published a toolkit for employers which focuses on physical activity, healthy eating and weight management. It is a great resource, so for quick, actionable tips it’s a no-brainer to download this.
Examples of wellbeing programmes include:
Gym memberships can encourage staff to become more active. Generally, staff who are fitter have healthier immune systems, which means they're less likely to take time off for illness.
Some companies choose to provide access to counselling or mindfulness sessions for staff who feel they need it.
This is different to professional training, but you could run sessions which help staff to deal with stress and work-life balance.
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