It's interesting to see the key theme that differentiates the top employers in Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards.
Regardless of sector or size, the common link all these companies have is their strong culture and putting employees at the heart of everything they do. That involves significant time and investment from the top down to develop an authentic culture where employees live the organisational values. So is it really worth all the time and effort?
With more and more focus on the whole person in the workplace, employees are looking for both personal and professional development opportunities and a culture that aligns with their own values.
How does your organisation articulate its values? Do you have a strong culture that your employees buy into? Gallop research shows that engaged employees are up to 17% more productive and 21% more profitable so the benefits speak for themselves.
Perhaps your organisations should start the New Year with an audit to review its values and employer brand messaging to ensure you are attracting and retaining the right talent.
Glassdoor announced the winners of its 12th annual Employees’ Choice Awards naming the Top 50 U.K. Best Places to Work. Glassdoor’s Economic Research team determines winners and ratings based on 10 distinct categories. These include work-life balance, culture and values, overall company rating, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, recommend to a friend and six-month business outlook. There are 19 newcomers who have never made the Best Places to Work list before. These include Equal Experts (#2), one of the fastest growing tech companies in the U.K. The agile consultancy has built a value driven culture that makes their people feel like they belong. Salesforce (#3), is pioneering corporate philanthropy creating a culture of giving back by giving employees seven paid days off a year to volunteer.