Since Glassdoor first published the list of the best companies to work for in 2014, what makes a company a good place to work has become a hot topic.
The research is based on anonymous feedback and reviews from employees provided through Glassdoor’s websites.
Until now Google has topped the chart with the company perks such as bicycles and electric cars to get staff to meetings, gaming centres, organic gardens and eco-friendly furnishings, being the main reason why people want to work there.
On 5th December 2018, Glassdoor published the annual list of the best companies to work for in the UK, and the tech giant has tumbled down the charts to 13th place, with Anglian Water taking the coveted spot at no.1. The main reason is their positive culture and working environment.
In reality, despite Google attracting 2,000,000 job applications per year, very few make the cut, the recruitment process is arduous, the workload is relentless, and the culture is questionable.
The bottom line is employees aren’t all that interested in working for companies that don’t give them the level of trust and motivation they want.
In the article below, written by Sue Shellenbarger for The Wall Street Journal, Sue discusses why the most successful companies are the ones that give employees a sense of belonging.
They want to be able to see their future in the organisation.
Bean bags and snack bars just don't cut it anymore.
At Equinet, we are very proud of our culture, which is shaped by our core values:
- Always be helping
- A passion for learning
- Focused on outcomes
- Humbly confident
- Light of heart
We recruit against these values, and for this reason, Equinet is a happy and rewarding place to work full of like-minded people.
Having worked at a variety of different sized business, from multi-nationals to going it alone as a freelance consultant, I have never found anywhere that has such a strong set of cultural imperatives that make it more like working with family than colleagues.
What will distinguish the most profitable companies from the rest in the coming year won’t be whether they offer foosball or free food. It will be whether leaders foster a workplace culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, like their jobs and trust their managers to help them move on to a better one.