Employees are your most important asset, particularly as the war on talent continues in both the UK and Ireland. Recruitment and retention are a huge issue for many organisations – both large and small. There are now more jobs and fewer candidates, and workplace experiences are one of the last ways to differentiate yourself as an employer in the hiring process.
What do employees want? Employees in every business want to feel appreciated. Yes, salary matters, but so too does the workplace experience and the workplace environment. Ask yourself this question – does your organisation provide a great experience to employees?
Employee workplace experience is foundational to business performance. In a world where money is no longer the primary motivating factor for employees, focusing on the employee experience is the most promising competitive advantage that businesses can create. (Jacob Morgan, The Employee Experience Advantage)
How can businesses show appreciation to their employees?
Businesses can show appreciation to employees by investing in the work environment. This could mean a redecorated premises, fresh new furniture and tech, great bean to cup coffee, chill out zones, collaboration areas, relaxing break rooms, plant walls and more. Organisations need to realise that by having a great break out space, staff will be encouraged to take breaks there. That could be a 30mins lunch break, or a 5mins coffee break. And guess what, research shows that breaks boost productivity and workplace engagement.
Research shows that the key to getting employees to step away from their desks to recharge may lie in company break rooms. Nearly 60% of those surveyed said a well-stocked and comfortable break room would encourage breaks, while 76% said break rooms would allow them to unwind and relieve stress. (Staples Study)
By providing a great, relaxing breakout space with quality refreshments, you are showing genuine appreciation to your staff daily, and more importantly, employees who receive appreciation in the workplace are happier, engaged and more productive. The fact is, there is a clear link between the physical work environment and personal productivity.
79% of employees agree that the quality of the tea, coffee, and refreshment facilities are a critical factor in their happiness. (Leesman)
It starts with a small ripple…
We have to face it; employees are drifting from their organisations. Only 1 in 4 employees agree they feel connected to their culture. And only 1 in 3 agree that they belong at their organisation. But organisations can change this. By demonstrating to employees that you value them by appreciating their contribution…….you can create a cultural ripple. The ripple effect of appreciation is immediately felt by the recipients. Boosting morale, happiness, productivity, and performance. Characteristics that help make your company a great place to work. And it can all start with something as simple as a decent breakroom.
2468 Group work with businesses to improve productivity and boost the morale & well-being of employees. Yes, we supply snacking, premium coffee and great break out spaces. But we do this in order for you to help show your appreciation to employees.
We can help you build a better culture, and a stronger, more engaged workforce.
One break at a time.
For information about how 2468 Group can help you, please email [email protected]