In an article posted this week, Glassdoor have named the "Top Companies to work for in 2016", so if you're curious as to what makes employees love their job then look no further.
The survey was conducted among 1.6million employees worldwide and then broken down into several countries. While Ireland doesn't feature on the list, our neighbours in the United Kingdom do and could tell us a thing or two about what European employees look for in their job satisfaction. The results are an interesting but not surprising find, and tell us what direction companies need to be looking to when considering their 2016 CSR policies.
1) Be Refreshing and Engaging
Expedia topped the list of companies to work for, with employee reviews constantly referring to the company as 'challenging' 'refreshing' and 'engaging'. Keep employees feeling needed and challenged, and they are happy to stay put. Don't forget, often people research the company before applying for a job there. Anybody who sees such favourable peer reviews is sure to jump at the chance to be a part of that. Make sure your CSR policies are Google friendly and relatable to the employee as much as the consumer.
2) Feel Good Factors
Oxfam made the Top 10, coming in at number 6. Whilst employees did mention the low salary as a 'con', they listed feeling valuable and making a difference as the pro that makes up for the smaller paycheck. Employees like to feel they make a difference in a variety of ways, from being a part of the company's growth to feeling they work for a company that strives to improve the world we live in.
Unilever came in at number 9, and whilst pros focused mainly on career building opportunities, many listed the cons to be the lack of teamwork encouraged in the company. Team building, an exercise lost in the recession, is now being recognised once again as a credible and productive employee activity. In fact, the Millennial Impact Report on employees and charity work found that people like to use their skills and assets to do volunteer work, and doing it with fellow employees gives them greater job satisfaction. In fact of those surveyed in the 2014 report, 87% felt encouraged to volunteer in company cause work and charitable initiatives. Why not get more involved in fundraising initiatives with employees?
4) Work Life Balance
A fairly consistent theme across the surveys conducted were that the companies listed all respected the work life balance of their employees. Not only does this extend to respecting an employee's 'out of office' life and not expecting them to reply to work emails at 11pm on a Saturday night, but could also be stretched to taking an interest in the causes that matter to them and respecting their hobbies. If an employee wants to take a few weeks off to climb Kilimanjaro for charity, why not support them by offering to match whatever they fundraise, sponsor them on their journey, or set up a charity donation scheme in the office?
Irish companies, whilst operating on a smaller scale can learn a lot from the employee satisfaction of these big global brands. If you are struggling to develop a CSR plan that is appropriate for the size of your company we at Yellow Harbour can help in many ways. Thanks to our collective staff experience and skills we'll be able to provide advice on a variety of different areas.
If you would like to know more about ways to improve your CSR Policies through Payroll Donation or Volunteer Projects, visit www.yellowharbour.com