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5 tips to help make your company a great place to work

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jul 27, 2017 5:13 AM

Every employer should strive to make their business a great place to work, to attract the best staff and to grow their team in line with company objectives. The more your business is recognized as a great place to work, the higher your retention levels will be and the easier you'll find your recruitment processes. Below we've listed 5 top tips to help make your company a great place to work. 

1. Communicate

Sharing a clear, consistent message with your team is a great way to make your company a great place to work. Encouraging your senior management team and leaders within the business to present regular updates to the wider team can go a long way in helping everyone in the business feel an important part of the company growth plans. 

2. Offer opportunity 

If you have a creative department like marketing or design within your business, you should encourage the expansion of their skills. You could agree to 2 hours a week, or an afternoon a fortnight, that members of your team can spend working on projects of interest to them, which will ultimately make them more committed to the company and able to bring more creative ideas forward. If you have people working in other departments you could offer them opportunities for training or qualifications to help progress their own career development so that it doesn't look like you're giving unfair treatment. 

3. Make it fun

Whilst every business needs to operate to fulfill objectives, injecting fun and humor into the workplace can go a long way in developing employee loyalty and commitment to your company. You could share lunches once a quarter as an entire workforce, or have bi-annual parties as a chance to get together, celebrate successes and unwind. 

4. Support diversity 

Creating a workplace that is open to diversity, mutually supportive and accepting of others will encourage people to be true to themselves and bring their best effort to work each day. 

5. Be considerate 

Paying your staff and suppliers on time is a simple way you can ensure your company treats people considerately. Rewarding hard work with bonuses, gifts and open praise will also encourage people to feel valued by your business and keen to work harder for your company. 

With all the best will in the world, challenging situations do arise in the workplace, and whilst all possible action should be taken to avoid injury to your employees, accidents do happen. To continue to make your company a great place to work, you should consider how quickly and effectively you are able to deal with situations you have tried to avoid. For example, if someone is injured at work and makes a claim against your company, the manner in which you deal with the situation and the efficiency in which you help to resolve their claim can go a long way in reassuring your employees you are concerned for their safety and well-being at work. 

If you or an employee has suffered an injury at work or whilst carrying out company duties, such as driving to a client meeting which has resulted in a crash and whiplash, you could be entitled to claim compensation. If you're wondering how long does a whiplash claim take, or need further information about claiming for an accident at work, then accident helplines can help.  

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