Want to break into glassdoor’s top ten employers? Here are six principles every company should follow

May 1st, 2019

Becoming a valuable company to work for is no easy task – from employee engagement to fulfillment in the workplace, choosing and implementing the policies that will make your employees happy can seem an overwhelming task.

However, if anything can be taken from Glassdoor’s recent release of The Best Places to Work 2019, it’s that work culture and employee empowerment make up a large section of what is important for a happy workplace. In fact, employees at all of Glassdoor’s top ten companies rank team culture as a critical factor for job satisfaction.

Improve work culture, the list suggests, and your value as an employer will scale exponentially. But how?

A powerful work culture is about more than being the most hip, modern or creative company. Just look at Anglian Water who beat out the likes of Google and Microsoft to claim the top spot in Glassdoor’s list.

You also don’t need to operate within a traditionally exciting industry. Sky Betting and Games might happen to feature in the top ten, but other top dogs include consultancies (Bain and Company), logistics companies (XPO), housing associations (Bromford) and even insurers (Hiscox).

So what does elevate your employer value? Looking beyond the open plan, creative workspace with office-dogs cliche, here are a few things to think about that could help you make the list of top employers next year.

Pride and Passion

Make sure you are hiring employees who are driven and care about the work they do. Similarly, keep employees motivated and be an inspiration and example to them as a leader, by investing in igniting their passion further through training and career coaching.

Team Work

This has always been a big one for employers, but with upcoming challenges such as uncertainty from Brexit, it is more important than ever before. So take those “able to work independently and as part of a team” resumes and put them to action. Encourage team bonding and camaraderie between coworkers.

Flexible Working

Simply allowing employees to take a half day for a doctor’s appointment is not flexible working. This element of work culture goes far beyond that, which means sometimes employees may prefer to work from home, might need to swap around days off and could also benefit from more generous maternity/paternity agreements. Revisit your employee policies and make sure that, as an employer, you are supporting your team as much as possible.

Think Bigger

Talent cultivates talent, and the ‘big dogs’ want to work among others who are of a similar mindset. Make hires with the intent to nurture the individuals and help them better themselves. Ask yourself, are they skilled; talented; eager to learn; business smart; potentially harbouring leader qualities? These are the candidates you want to fill your business with.

Open Communication

Everyone has heard of an ‘open door policy’, but in the modern world we live in it has to expand beyond this. Leaders need to be on the floor, actually leading and helping employees who are perhaps not as senior to share their voice and opinions. Implementing this within companies has proved to be a big hit, and this is often an early way to determine if the newbie has managerial potential. Hard work combined with the demonstrated ability to share a voice for the business demonstrates true passion.

Development and Opportunities

Help your teams grow professionally. Provide them with learning and training opportunities, take them out of their comfort zones occasionally and test their abilities often. By pushing themselves with increased responsibility they may surprise you.

There is no quick solution to rising to the top of the Best Places to Work rankings, but evolving your company across the guidelines above will push any employer value proposition forward.

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