People-first Culture: Key Areas for Employers to Focus
People-first culture focuses on achieving overall employee happiness. Organizations that are driven by people-first culture experience greater productivity, lesser employee mistakes, more efficiency, and greater customer satisfaction than other companies.
At this time, timely compensation, health benefits, good work-life balance, and good relationship with managers are primary focus areas for employers to attain employee happiness and increase employee engagement. Employers must also focus on improving employee workplace connections too.
Workplace connections are the rank one reason employees want to stay at work according to a Globant report. Employers need to take matters in their hands and allow flexibility for employees to build connections at the workplace or build connections stronger. Nearly 83% of employees feel knowing their colleagues better will make them more engaged at work. 62% of employees want to know their co-workers better. Employers should strive to enable employees to make meaningful connections. A good relationship with co-workers is strongly desired at both managerial and non-managerial levels, according to the report.
Employee recognition and providing effective feedback are equally important areas where employers need impetus. The Top CHRO infographic below highlights that 97% of employees want their strength to be recognized at work and 72% of employees are unsatisfied with the current feedback process.
Workplaces have undergone massive changes in the past few years. What were once yardsticks of employee experience and areas of focus for employers to drive people-first culture have evolved. It’s time for culturally-driven organizations to go back to the board.