People Over Profits | Supporting our Employees through the Pandemic
Our people are the lifeblood of our business and we are always looking at ways in which we can support them, particularly during these difficult times. We know that people are struggling to juggle work with family commitments and home schooling so a few ways in which we have tried to make the lives of our people easier is to offer everyone the option of changing their core hours to enable them to work around family and childcare commitments, they can also take some time out during the day to do something to support their mental wellbeing and we offer two hours off a week to go shopping to support a vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour. In addition we are offering additional support to those shielding or with childcare and caring responsibilities and we gave all employees who worked consistently through the pandemic an extra five days holiday last year to be used until the end of 2021.
It would seem that we are not alone in this thought process - a new report called Future Trends in Leadership & Management – shifting priorities, found that over the next five to 10 years, a shift towards more compassionate leadership will continue to emerge.
Perhaps less surprisingly, this is already apparent in the third sector, where 34% of leaders say they already put people as their number one priority. However, right now, this more compassionate approach is less common in private and public sector organisations, where only 16% and 11% of leaders say they put their people before their profits.
In the next decade, the research reveals that 28% of third sector organisations and 20% of private sector businesses expect the biggest focus within their organisation to be valuing their staff. This is also similar in SMEs, with 27% of small and 20% of medium-sized enterprises predicting this will occur – the second-highest future priority for these organisations.
This is what our employees have to say!