Diversity is key to improving the workplace
Enhancing diversity and inclusion is a top priority for over a quarter (28%) of business leaders as companies seek to improve workplace culture in a competitive hiring market, according to the latest research from recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK www.roberthalf.co.uk).
According to the figures, 98% of businesses are pursuing workplace culture improvements during the first half of the year as they look to maintain a happy, productive workforce and encourage more innovative thinking.
The top five priority areas to improve workplace culture in 2020 cited in the report include: Offering mentorship, training and development programmes (50%); encouraging team communication and collaboration (43%); offering flexible and/or remote working options (39%); setting clear goals and rewards for employees (33%); and deploying new technologies (32%).
“It is clear that more and more businesses are subscribing to the mentality that a happy workplace is a productive one, with the majority of leaders actively seeking to improve culture. Focusing on enhancing diversity and inclusion is one way to achieve this, as well as providing increased potential for innovation and reputational benefits to boot,” says Matt Weston, Managing Director of Robert Half UK.
“As businesses look to attract the best and brightest in a competitive market, it is no longer enough just to offer a competitive salary. Prospective employees are looking for a well-rounded package with wider incentives, such as flexible working and healthcare benefits, as well as an attractive workplace culture – and it’ll be the businesses that understand and prioritise this that that come out on top.”