By | Phyllis Furman
Does your company have a culture that puts people first? It’s a question employers can’t afford to ignore.
“The bar for company culture is rising,” said best-selling author Angela Duckworth, who moderated a panel on company culture. “People are reevaluating everything about work — when we work, how we work, and even why we work. The way we work has to change or employees will find what they need elsewhere.”
Data from LinkedIn tells a similar story. In a survey of global job candidates, work-life balance was the biggest priority when choosing a job, trumping even compensation.
While employers are increasingly prioritizing the emotional and physical well-being of their employees, there’s still much work to be done. Employee burnout and stress are at an all-time high, and companies are struggling to create inclusive workplaces where everyone feels like they belong. These challenges are key reasons why we’re witnessing the Great Reshuffle, with record numbers of employees quitting their jobs.
Forward panelists Jen Fisher, chief well-being officer at Deloitte; Crystal Gaskin, chief people and culture officer at Mailchimp; and Lars Schmidt, founder of Amplify, an HR consultancy and executive search firm, along with Nina McQueen, LinkedIn’s VP of benefits and employee experience, shared their thoughts on what employers can do to improve their company culture. Here’s what they said: