More than half of employees want their workplace to have an inclusive ‘family feel’, a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found.
The latest Employee Outlook survey reveals that 55% of the 2,226 respondents prefer a workplace ‘with a family feel, held together by loyalty and tradition’, regardless of the business’s size.
Almost half of workers described their current workplace as a ‘formalised and structured place of work, where procedures govern what people do and hold people together’.
The survey also found:
- 26% of respondents describe their current workplace as having a ‘family feel’
- employee engagement is at a 3-year high, having risen from 35% in 2013 to 39% in 2015.
Jessica Cooper, research adviser at the CIPD, called the survey results a “defining moment” for employers:
“Employees want to work somewhere with a ‘family feel’, where they can really feel like they are part of something. Culture is one of the few things that can define a business and if organisations can get it right, it will give them a competitive edge and a strong foundation for business growth.
“Culture can’t change overnight, but organisations can start to think about ways in which they can make changes to better suit their talent’s preferences.”
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