How can you make your organisation a great place to work?

Imagine a perfect world where your employees get up in the morning and can’t wait to go to work! Impossible you say? Not really, if you take the time to consider what makes a company a great place to work.

Consider a workplace where you can trust the people you work for, take pride in what you do, and enjoy the people you work with. That’s the definition of ‘a great place to work’ according to the Great Place to Work® Institute, a global research, consulting and training firm on a mission: to help organisations create and sustain great workplaces by developing high-trust workplace cultures. They start from the premise that investing in people produces results. People who feel good in their jobs not only perform better – which of course has an impact on the company’s results – but they are also less affected by stress, less often absent due to illness, and so on.

How does it work?

The core model of Great Place to Work® begins with the relations between employer and employee, and among the employees themselves, as the basis for a congenial working environment.

At the centre is the individual employee and his/her relation with:

  1. the employer – does the employee trust the employer, and is that trust founded on credibility, respect and honesty?
  2. the job – is the employee proud of what he/she achieves?
  3. the co-workers – is there a feeling of camaraderie with the other employees?

Companies that score well on these three pillars are experienced as good places to work. Great Place to Work® has developed a number of tools for assessing these workplace parameters – the evaluation starts from two perspectives:

  • How do employees experience their working environment? This is investigated by means of a special survey called the Trust Index©. Did you know that over 1.5 million people worldwide complete this survey every year? A unique aspect of the Great Place to Work® approach is that this employee evaluation carries more weight than the employer evaluation in the total survey.
  • What is the employer’s view on the work climate, the HR policy and the personnel practices? This is assessed via the Culture Audit©.

The results of this evaluation are a first step in the development of a new corporate culture in which working is experienced as pleasant and congenial.

About Great Place to Work

The Great Place to Work® Institute was founded over 20 years ago and is now active in more than 40 countries throughout the world, including Belgium. As an official Great Place to Work® partner, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School can help your company develop into ‘a great place to work’. How? There are various tools available for evaluating your company – ranging from a short employee survey to an in-depth audit. Evaluation methods such as focus groups, workshops and other activities can all be tailored to your specific needs. Because even small changes can make a world of difference to your employees!

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