The Olympics are no doubt inspiring our nation. But is the inspiration trickling down into the workplace? Read how the corporate world in the UK still has a lot to learn from this year’s Olympic games.
The Olympic Games has restored the nation’s patriotism, but according to an article in the Daily Telegraph, many Brits are far from happy in their jobs.
The study by recruitment agency, Hyphen, has found that only two third of employees are proud to work for their companies. Of those who admitted to feeling this way, most are Londoners, women and young workers. Almost a third of women said they didn’t feel any pride for the company they worked for, and a similar amount of young people felt that they were not being supported by their managers.
The figures show that bosses have failed to bring the spirit of the Olympics into the workplace. This summer should have given companies the incentive to really engage and motivate their staff, capitalising on the Jubilee and the Olympics and riding on the general feel-good mood of the nation.
Sadly it seems that many companies have decided to pull in their belts financially and have deemed spending money on keeping staff happy an unnecessary expense. A short-sighted view as investing in people can only have a positive effect on the workplace.
It doesn’t take an economics expert to realise that an unhappy workforce is bad for business; low productivity, days off sick and lack of attention to detail are just some of the inevitable outcomes as staff grow more despondent. Not to mention companies losing both experienced workers and young, up and coming talent.
Much like the injection of lottery money into sport has driven the British Olympic team to bring in its best results since 1908, investing in staff will also reap benefits.
Investing in team building for staff works in two ways; not only are you giving people a chance to hone their skills and come together as a team, but as team building events are fun and informal, they are instant morale boosters. Staff will appreciate the chance to let their hair down and have some fun away from the workplace whilst forging stronger bonds with their colleagues.
People will feel proud of working for a company if they think they are valued and respected. Staff who are proud of their company will strive to succeed, go the extra mile and be enthusiastic about where the business is going. They will be fully committed to their roles and less likely to leave for pastures new. More importantly they will enjoy going into work, which will mean increased productivity and a positive energy that is infectious.
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