We spend many hours at work, that’s reason enough to make sure we don’t actively dislike being there. But there are business reasons for nurturing a great workplace too.
‘Attracting and retaining staff’ was one of the top reasons cited by Heart of the City 2018 members for developing a responsible business programme. Supporting staff wellbeing and inclusivity is a major strand of responsible business. One part of this area supported by many Heart of the City members in 2018 was improving mental health at work, using initiatives like mental health first aiders, and the excellent This is me resources.
A diverse workplace can improve decision-making, I read the clearest explanation of this in Helena Morrissey’s 2018 book A good time to be a girl. Tackling diversity also opens up a wider talent pool, as Heart of the City member Module Media found when their new apprenticeship scheme generated a pipeline of creative and tech talent.
It doesn’t have to cost the earth to create a great place to work. We work with small companies finding simple ways to focus on the things that matter to them. For example, flexible or remote working is welcome to time-poor commuters and saves money on office space. Many companies already pay the London Living Wage, but few sign up to the (low cost) accreditation to take any credit for it!
In 2018 half of Heart of the City members made changes to their workplace through our responsible business programme: even the smallest companies can make simple changes to ensure employees love coming to work.