A detailed examination of workplace culture explored the attitude of employed adults towards their working environment – and identified what makes for a positive one.
Space to be creative is especially important to those polled – as is being blessed with having time to reflect, along with having an approachable boss.
Employee experience platform, Perkbox commissioned the study of 2,000 employed adults along with a short film to explore the significance of workplace culture.
Issued ahead of #WorkplaceCultureWeek, which takes place next week, the clip features workers talking about their vastly different experiences of workplace culture and how it impacts their jobs.
Saurav Chopra, Cofounder and CEO at Perkbox said: “As our research shows, we’re clearly making strides when it comes to consciousness around creating great workplace cultures in the UK.
“But at Perkbox we want to make sure this is not just provisional, we want this trend to last forever. The benefits are too many - that’s why we’ve inaugurated our very own #WorkplaceCultureWeek.
“Culture reveals a lot about a workplace –with different sectors having very different workplace cultures.
“So we’ve created a fantastic interactive video quiz to test how many people can work out in what sector each person works - based entirely on a series of clues about their workplace culture.”
A workplace which empowers all staff to make a difference no matter what their role is and having hard-working colleagues help make for a happy environment too.
The research also identified ‘strong leadership’ as a vital ingredient when it comes to having a positive workplace.
Further to this, six in ten believe their employers put ‘enough’ effort into making their working environment a positive one.
And half think their employers have positively shaped a workplace culture outside of the daily grind.
However, 72 per cent believe it’s the entire workforce’s responsibility to create a positive work culture.
Seventy-seven per cent said their bosses positively encourage them to perform to a high level in their job.
Three quarters said they ‘have to work hard’ in their job – although 52 per cent said the recognition they get in doing so makes all the effort worthwhile.
Further to this, 70 per cent of employed adults actually look forward to going to work – rather than dread it.
While three quarters find consider their role to be rewarding.
Similarly, 82 per cent enjoy their job and almost two thirds believe they work in a happy and encouraging environment.
The Perkbox study carried out through OnePoll also found that while being unpredictable might be an appealing quality in a job for some, 83 per cent like the fact their role is predictable.
Seven in ten consider their place of work to be accepting and tolerant – open to different approaches and viewpoints.
Other words to describe their workplace culture among those polled included ‘welcoming’ (27 per cent), ‘collaborative’ (24 per cent), ‘goals driven’ (13 per cent) and ‘risk conscious’ (11 per cent).
Alexandra Sanpera Iglesias, Head of Communications at Perkbox added: “#WorkplaceCultureWeek is a week where we all take a step back and reflect upon our culture - the highs, the lows and above all, the effort that goes into curating it, 365 days a year.
“Workplace culture is hard work, it’s unique, and ever-changing but it’s the DNA of every business and therefore must be preserved - it deserves to be celebrated.
“We hope to see as many businesses as possible joining in our week of celebrations. We already have a fantastic line-up of ambassadors including Beam, CV-Library, Yapster and PensionBee!”
To find out more about Perkbox’s activities follow #WorkplaceCultureWeek on social media or click here – and take your guess on our interactive ‘guess the job’ video quiz.
TOP 10 INGREDIENTS FOR A POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE:
- An encouraging atmosphere
- Strong leadership
- Somewhere that values employees as much as profit
- Empowering all staff to make a difference no matter what their role is
- Hard-working colleagues
- Understanding bosses
- Being trusting
- Space to be creative
- Space to be reflective
- Lack of gossip
Find out more about #WorkplaceCultureWeek here.