Just another day in paradise

What things are important to you in the workplace?

Today’s #BlogFromBed is inspired by a recent study by co-working developer, Areaworks, into what workers consider to be important in their work environment (

In the #charity sector, we all know that an over-the-odds pay cheque is unlikely and that the occasions where we will only work 5 extra hours a week are rare. And to a certain extent, we accept these.

And many charities across the country make efforts to create an engaging, supportive and appealing environment for their staff. Some have really nailed their organisational culture and have embedded it across their staff, Trustees, volunteers and leaders. Others spectacularly haven’t.

There are also some examples, generally in the corporate sector rather than the charity sector, where the ideas are completely devoid of any use other than being talking point (slides, dream pods, no desks)

I seem to use the phrase “the holy grail” nearly as often as I try to shoe-horn song titles into my posts. But I’ve been part of many Charity Management and Trustee meetings where culture, environment and non-financial benefits and practices have been discussed in the hope of finding the “Holy Grail” of organisational culture and staff retention.

Some of the ideas considered are complicated, costly and huge. Others are very simple. And their impact is hard to predict, as human nature dictates that what’s right for one person might not be for another and that you can’t please all the people all the time.

But research (and more than a research poll of one) is key.

What are the things that you look for / like to see / make a difference to you in the workplace?

Here are my top ten (in no particular order, other than no. 1)

1) Good Coffee

2) Colleagues who can laugh at themselves

3) Tolerance of my ‘potty moith’

4) A culture which acknowledges and celebrates hard work and success

5) Genuine staff involvement, investment, and opportunities to develop

6) Leaders who are not infallible

7) Equal focus and emphasis on staff care and wellbeing as on beneficiary care and wellbeing

8) The freedom to ‘try’

9) Dogs to stroke / walk / talk to

10) Embracing of the adage “Done is better than Perfect, because Perfect never gets Done”

What would be in your Top Ten? Let me know!

Claire x

#CharityWell #CharityStaff #Staffwellbeing #Staffcare #CharityCulture #OrganisationalCulture




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