Workplace culture

When it comes to looking for a job or a new opportunity, there are many things to consider. While everyone has their priorities when seeking a new role, in the past the aim was to secure a position that paid well. However, in the UK times are changing, with much more career opportunities and several cities like Manchester and Leeds offering viable alternatives to working in London. 

When using recruitment services and searching for jobs in Manchester, it will become immediately clear that listings generated are just as good as what will be found in London. Therefore, with all this choice it is no surprise that candidates consider more than just money when committing to any company. And one of the factors which is definitely growing in importance is workplace culture.

A study conducted this year saw over 1,000 adults within the UK asked about employment, with 77% of those asked saying they take a company’s ethos into account before applying to work there. Plus 57% of people taking part in the study said they value workplace culture over salary concerning job satisfaction. This was in addition to 63% of the study group confirming that a company’s culture was a mitigating factor when it came to staying in their job too.

It’s all well and good earning terrific money. But if it’s in a job or involves duties which you don’t enjoy or actively dislike as an employee, you will undoubtedly begin to question whether it’s worth it. Nowadays, people want to go to work and enjoy what they’re paid to do, or at least get some satisfaction from it. And this has changed the direction of travel in recruitment.

Companies and businesses are now taking notice of the shift in priorities for job seekers, especially in the United Kingdom. They’re currently working hard to ensure the workplace is aligned with the correct values and culture, as this will pay dividends in the long run when it comes to being appealing to potential new staff members, as well as those who currently work there.

Recruiters are also playing their part too. The way they go about their work has changed to fall in line with the demands of those hunting new opportunities. Salary and work-life balance have begun to take a backseat in recruitment, with there now a clear focus on expressing how fantastic the workplace culture is, and why the company values make it an ideal company to join.

Andrew Chamberlain, the chief economist at Glassdoor, the company behind the study, said, “A common misperception among many employers today is that pay, and work-life balance are among the top factors driving employee satisfaction.”

He went on to add, “Instead, employers looking to boost recruiting and retention efforts should prioritize building strong company culture and value systems, amplifying the quality and visibility of their senior leadership teams and offering clear, exciting career opportunities to employees.”

Moving forward, we can expect to see more companies and recruitment teams adjusting their setups and how they work, especially if they’re looking to recruit top talent. With recruitment, an ever-changing industry, failure to move with the times could lead to missed opportunities to snare the perfect candidates. Workplace culture and company values will continue to lead the way when it comes to seeking employment, something which needs to be recognized by everyone.

Image source: