Last week the 10th annual list of the 50 Best Places To Work came out. According to the research by Great Place To Work Australia, some of the main aspects that people dream of in terms of workplace happiness are flexible working arrangements, the opportunity for team bonding and staff health.
What can these things look like to an employee?
Flexibility in the workplace can mean a number of things, such as flexible start and finish times, or it could mean the flexibility to work from home on occasion. It can also mean the ability to leave work for dentist or doctor appointments, as we all know how hard they can be to book in when you’re working full time hours.
One company in the top 50 Best Places To Work list has recently employed a “work from anywhere” policy which means, staff don’t necessarily have to be in the office at particular times. Sometimes, a full day in the office doesn’t necessarily mean the greatest productivity and companies are becoming more open to the idea of flexible hours, “as long as the work gets done”.
These days with an increasing amount of offices becoming more computer-based and digitalised, it’s becoming easier to work remotely, as opposed to the usual 9 to 5 stint in the office. Of course not every organisation can work remotely but it is important for companies to be flexible with the hours their staff work, even if it is just allowing them time for appointments or flexibility around start and finish times.
Team Bonding allows for the team to get together and build better communication and also have fun. In turn this fosters a better office culture and helps employees feel comfortable in the workplace and promote problem solving and creativity within the team.
Team Bonding could look like, events outside of work such as dinners or work drinks, or it could be team building days with activities where the team can get together and share ideas or it could simply be a fun activity like bowling, or workshops.
At Rusher Rogers, our Team Bonding activities usually mean something fun like dinner and a hilarious evening at The Book of Mormon, or it could be a night at the mini-golf.
Health and Wellness has become such a large part of society that companies are also taking this into consideration when setting up new policies for the workplace. More and more companies are offering Health and Wellbeing Programs to their staff, to ensure they are healthy and happy.
These programs can include providing fruit in the office, gym access or gym memberships, free office massages, stress management programs and counselling programs.
Some companies have installed bike racks in the office to encourage people to cycle to work. These types of programs help employees feel that they are well looked after by their employers, which can obviously make them more loyal to the organisation.
There are some great companies on the 50 Best Places to Work list and we work very closely with PEXA, who landed the 19th spot on the list this year. It’s great for us to know that we are placing candidates in such great organisations.
Does your organisation have policies and programs to address things like work flexibility, team bonding and staff health? If not, it could be time for a career change and we’re here to help as we work with so many great organisations and we’re always on the look-out for great talent!
By Samantha Thomas, Consultant, Rusher Rogers