Do your employees love coming to work every day? ‘Love’, not to be mistaken for its begrudging cousin ‘tolerance’, is what drives employees to perform with passion on a daily basis.
Every year, Glassdoor releases a coveted list of the world’s ‘Best Places to Work’, where we often find Google, Facebook, and other well-known names among the leaders. These companies are known for how they create a company culture employees love.
As a business executive or human resources professional, you might be asking yourself, “How can my company be more like these?”
The answer is simple. Across the board, the ‘Best Places to Work’ boast one common success story: employee engagement. In other words, their employees love coming to work and as a result, the company thrives. They create a company culture employees love.
Below are a few of our favorite examples from some of the world’s best workplaces. Check ’em out, and you’ll find your company on the path to becoming one of the ‘Best Places to Work’.
1. Ditch the Cubicles
Today, the most engaged companies opt for office decor that promotes comfort and collaboration, not seclusion. Spacious desks instead of cubicles. Couches instead of office chairs. Cozy nooks instead of conference rooms. Managers nearby instead of behind closed doors.
This concept is known as an ‘open air office’, and it’s all the rage among Glassdoor’s ‘Best Places to Work’. Google associates work from plush armchairs and chat openly with their desk neighbors. Software designers at Autodesk recharge in hammocks and Adirondack chairs. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses employees from a glass-enclosed meeting space.
The possibilities for creating an open-air office environment are endless. Be creative, and have fun with it!
2. Give Thanks to Your Employees
Thank you. Gracias. Grazie. Merci. Asante. Arigato.
No matter the language, ‘thank you’ is one of the most powerful and gratifying phrases someone can hear. Frankly, people want to feel appreciated, so it’s no surprise that employee appreciation and employee engagement go hand-in-hand.
Whether big or small, conventional or unique, saying ‘thanks’ to your employees if one of the most effective ways to increase their engagement.
3. Promote Health and Wellness in the Workplace
If a major league pitcher had a weak shoulder, could he throw a 95 mile-per-hour curveball? Of course not!
The same goes for professionals in any field. In order to perform well at work, we need healthy minds and healthy bodies! Increasingly, the world’s best companies have prioritized mental and physical wellness in the workplace in recognition of its positive impact on overall performance.
Finance gurus at Motley Fool stay fit with treadmill desks and stellar health benefits. Velocify pays for its employees’ gym memberships. Evolent Health provides its healthcare aces with nutritious snacks and tips on staying well overall. FAST Enterprises keeps its recently relocated employees from feeling lonely with frequent social events in their new cities.
According to a survey by Virgin HealthMiles Inc. and Workforce Management Magazine, 77% of employees think that employee wellness programs make a positive impact on company culture. So, go ahead! Get the office together for an afternoon stretch or healthy snack break.
These tips are just a quick glimpse into the sprawling field of employee engagement. Want to learn more about becoming one of the ‘Best Places to Work’? Centricity’s industry thought leaders and experts are here to help.