We see first hand just how many people in the UK are eager to leave their jobs for something better. It’s something we’ve been keen to avoid in our own business and, as a result, we’ve always make it a priority to create a work environment our people love, rather than one they want to escape.
According to recent surveys carried out by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and YouGov on behalf of REC, there are some common themes for staff leaving their current positions:
26% of people surveyed by ILM reported that their reason for moving jobs was because there was limited career progression in their current environment. We see this in our industry in particular and have been determined to be a catalyst for change in the recruitment sector. Restricting someone’s prospects has a serious effect on employee motivation, success and ultimately loyalty. If employees don’t feel that their efforts are recognised, it’s no surprise that they’ll eventually give up. At Provide, we’ve banished the ceiling on progression. The sky is now the limit. Every single employee can aim for the very top position in our business, regardless of where they start. They can write their own career path and build the job they want – we won’t hold them back.
Lack Of Appreciation
17% of those surveyed by ILM said that lack of appreciation was a deciding factor, stating that employers didn’t show recognition for their efforts. As a recruitment agency, our recruiters expect commissions and bonuses when they do well but we’ve always wanted to expand on the norm with something special and personal. In addition to exceptional financial rewards, we’ve asked our people what they would like from the company, and we’ve built our business around their ideals. We show our appreciation for hard working employees in many ways including trips way, shopping sprees, incredible experiences and public recognition. We know how hard they work and we’re happy to show them how much it means to us.
The YouGov poll discovered that 80% of employees reported that ‘doing something they enjoy in their job’ was a vital life consideration. REC added that a ‘rewarding, meaningful job brings with it self-esteem, work-life balance, social life, health and happiness’. This point really hits home with us. Our success is dependent on the efforts of our people so it makes sense that we do all we can to encourage and reward that. We’ve created our culture around it. We believe that happiness isn’t just for home, it’s for work too, so we help our employees stay fit by allowing them extra time in the day to take advantage of the gym membership we give them; we give them fresh fruit every day; we allow duvet days and wild card days for our staff to catch up on chores (or sleep), and we encourage them to build on their passions, give back to communities, and achieve lifelong goals. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
We work in employment and, as such, feel it’s our job to lead by example as an employer. If you’d like to know more about our culture, read more about life at Provide.