Top SMEs Attract Best Employees
TOP SMEs ATTRACT BEST EMPLOYEES
Very many congratulations to this year’s Top 100 SMEs.
Sheffield legal and financial recruitment specialists CRA place 100s of candidates into businesses in South Yorkshire every year. Partner Robert Addy says: “It gives us great pleasure to see that the ‘crème’ of our candidates are snapped up by some of South Yorkshire’s top SMEs. And it is not difficult to see why. Good businesses attract and keep good staff.”
So what makes a business good to work for? Undoubtedly the first criterion is usually ‘the boss’. Good relationships with the head of the company and its senior managers are vital in in order to keep staff on board. Strong leadership and values (and living up to them!) promote employee engagement. Staff are better placed to make a valuable contribution to any business if information is shared honestly and openly, and being listened to ensures that employees feel they are cared about as individuals and are valued. These are some of the values that our top South Yorkshire SMEs share with national business, Nando’s Restaurants (6300 staff), who debuted at number one in the list of best large business to work for in Britain in 2010 (Times Best 100 Businesses to Work For).
As a huge part of most people’s lives, employees need to feel that work is actually part of life and be excited about the future. Needless to say they want get on with the people they spend time with, hence ‘thriving’ employees feature teamwork highly. They also need to feel stretched and challenged, with a certain amount of pressure - people thrive on meeting deadlines! – but they are looking for a balance between work and home duties. Flexible working arrangements allow businesses to keep staff in whom they have invested –allowing them to use their brain and see their kids too!
Clearly pay and benefits are important – though rarely the top of the list. Incentives such as childcare vouchers, discounted services, car allowances, extra holidays, subsidised sports facilities and vouchers for a job well done are offered by UK’s Top 100 businesses.
There is also the desire to see businesses put something back into society, particularly into the local community – especially when it is not just driven by publicity.
All said and done, employees are the greatest asset for most businesses, so it is easy to see why the ones who nurture that asset attract and keep the best staff.
Robert Addy can be contacted at CRA Legal on 0114 241 8030, email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.craconsultants.com