Nowadays, depending on where you are, finding a job can be difficult, and finding a good one can be particularly challenging. There are so many factors that make a job good from the location to your co-workers to the office atmosphere, but one of the most important is the company’s culture towards employees. Does management really care about their staff’s job satisfaction and try to include methods of improving it, or do they ignore any complaints or concerns?
These considerations are particularly important when looking for a new job, as you want to move to somewhere that looks after their staff. With this in mind, here are three of the main things to look out for in a business to show they are at least trying to improve employee satisfaction by showing they care.
Training and Development Opportunities
The best companies invest in their talented staff and improve their skills internally, rather than hiring someone already qualified. This approach to business works so well because it breeds a culture of loyalty and improvement, staff continually look to develop themselves, and the most talented can climb the ladder while being molded by the company’s values – it’s a win-win situation.
Considering this, organizations that organize training sessions and staff development events regularly are thinking about their staff’s future, as well as their own. It’s this investment in their team that improves employee loyalty and overall staff satisfaction, making a better workplace and more successful business. It’s an improvement for everyone.
Examples of training and development opportunities are team building days, traditional training days, and even trips to conferences and industry events.
This sign is slightly harder to recognize than the previous one as salary discussions among coworker is usually frowned upon. Plus, it tends to be handled by the HR and senior management team; however, if you do hear that salary surveys are completed at a business, it’s a clear sign that they are looking out for their staff.
Salary surveys are sets of data showing job roles and their average pay within a certain sector or market. For example, a detailed property salary survey will have key job roles, and the average salary they receive in the property planning, maintenance, and construction sector. These surveys aren’t used by individuals though, they are used by businesses to inform how they pay their own staff.
The point of this type of data is to indicate to businesses whether they are paying their staff fairly, relative to their competitors. In a business’s eyes, if they pay too little, they are likely to miss out on the best talent or even worse, lose their star employees to other companies who will pay them more to do the same job. Many organizations neglect to complete salary surveys simply because they care more about getting staff as cheaply as possible but this is short-sighted, the most successful organizations will care that they are paying people fairly and will invest in salary surveys to ensure that happens.
Finally, a good organization will incorporate recognition systems into the workplace to praise those who succeed or excel. Ultimately, we all love being recognized for the things we do; especially if we went above and beyond to deliver exceptional work. Companies that fail to thank or recognize staff who do this are alienating their most valuable employees, resulting in individuals not feeling valued and eventually leaving the business. Instead, most employee-conscious businesses will create ways of recognizing this exceptional behavior, preferably in a very public way.
Great examples of this are an employee of the month schemes and company-wide newsletters but it doesn’t need to be that complicated. Even managers delivering chocolates to staff can make a big impact. Look for this type of behavior from your employer to show that management value their staff.
These aren’t the only signs that a business cares about its employees but they are some of the clearest and most important. Look out for these little hints and you’re sure to end up working somewhere that values your contribution. Don’t settle for second best!