Recent research conducted by ILM suggests that rigid workplace cultures are holding back employees. Would you agree? If employers are looking to get the most out of their employees then they may need to decide the best way to do it, and to do it now.
It has been reported that more than half of UK workers feel that both the structure and culture of their place of work are holding them back from doing their job more effectively (55% and 53% respectively), with 53% of those warning they will consider moving jobs unless their business changes. If this doesn’t get the attention of employers, then we don’t know what will!
Almost three quarters (74%) of UK employees say they would like more freedom at work, with more than a third (34%) saying they work in a regulated and controlled structure. When asked how they’d like to change their company culture, the top answer was more freedom and flexibility (35%) followed by more innovation and creativity (32%).
“Rigid structures, siloed working and overly complex hierarchies are things of the workplace past,” says John Yates, Group Director at ILM. “People today want to work at flexible, fun and friendly organisations – and employers who can deliver on that always have an edge in recruitment. At a time when the UK faces an unpredictable future, greater flexibility gives businesses an opportunity to get the most out of their people. That means fostering a culture in which people thrive, encouraging collaboration, and enabling leadership at all levels.”
ILM are launching a new report calling for workplaces across the UK to foster a more collaborative culture to boost business success. If the UK wants to remain economically competitive then employers need to act and strive towards leadership. Easier said than done!