By Susan Osgood – Sharp Electronics: It’s one thing to run a business but it’s quite another to create an environment where workers love to come in every day. Employees are an essential part of every business and are what keep organizations progressing, growing and contributing to a greater good. A 2019 study from the University of Oxford found that happy, satisfied employees are 13% more productive with their time at work. Happier, more engaged employees will also create a positive work environment that can foster new relationships, lead to better recruitment and retention and ultimately provide workers with an individual sense of achievement and satisfaction.
As a recent recipient of NJBiz’s “Best Place to Work in New Jersey” 2021, we’re sharing five tips on creating a top workplace, based on what we’ve learned from our workers and what we know they appreciate.
- Make your Benefits More Beneficial to EmployeesHealth has been top of mind for many because of the pandemic. Offering your employees benefits that recognize the challenges they have faced is a simple way to attract and retain employees. Some of the most important benefits companies can offer include a variety of well-rounded healthcare programs for employees to choose from as well as flexible spending accounts to pay for medical costs. Financial planning is also tremendously important to employees. Offering retirement benefits and financial wellness training can help reduce employee stress to make the most of every dollar they earn.
Additionally, there has been a shift in the way employers view the hours spent working, so it’s important for companies to provide sufficient paid vacation days and personal days. Encouraging employees to take a break to spend time traveling with friends and family can help eliminate feelings of burnout. Offering this, as well as paid time off for maternity or adoption leave can be beneficial for workers navigating the remote and hybrid workforce.
- Promote and Encourage Diversity Across the OrganizationIt’s important for organizations to have a diverse workforce with a range of ages, genders, races and sexual orientations represented in your organization to create an inclusive environment. When seeking new talent, businesses should implement formal programs or practices to recruit diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in order to view as many diverse candidates as possible.
You should also offer ongoing diversity training, frequent seminars and workshops to employees that incorporate activities that touch on diversity & inclusion topics. At Sharp, we offer resources focused on diversity and have programs like WISE, “Women Influencing Sharp’s Evolution”, that offers professional development for our female employees to foster a diverse and inclusive culture and celebrates women’s accomplishments.
SOURCE Sharp Electronics