SCG Culture and What it Means to Us03 Oct, 20231-2 minutes
In this blog, you will learn:
- What workplace culture is.
- Why workplace culture is important.
- What our culture means to us.
- What words we use to describe good workplace culture.
- How to find and apply for the best jobs.
At Spencer Clarke Group (SCG), company culture is of the utmost importance to us and we believe that taking care of our employees is crucial so that they will go above and beyond in their work. Workplace culture is also important to potential clients, candidates and partners and plays a huge role in an organisation's success.
In our latest article, you can learn more about our values, beliefs, and how we prioritise a positive work environment for our employees. You’ll also discover how we foster a fun and engaging work environment that promotes collaboration, innovation, and employee satisfaction.
What is company culture?
Company culture can be defined by its shared values, belief systems and the attitudes that make up a work environment. Culture is what creates the day-to-day experience people have at work and how that aligns with the brand and values of the company. Workplace culture is different for every company depending on its collection of key values and the way things are done across the company.
Why workplace culture is important
Workplace culture plays a huge role in an organisation’s success and attracts talent more than salary, flexible working and career advancement. WorkBuzz’s State of Employee Engagement 2022 Report found that 45% of UK employees and business leaders rank a ‘great’ culture as the most important factor when looking for a new job. Although salary is crucial - especially during the cost of living crisis - people want to be involved with the company’s end goals and to feel successful and valued.
The right employee experience and company reputation is a priority for jobseekers and can help your company gain a competitive edge in the market.
Benefits to having a company culture
Company culture has a significant impact on business goals and employee morale. According to Glassdoor awards, companies with the highest job satisfaction have the happiest employees, therefore having a positive company culture creates a more enjoyable and fulfilling environment. Having a company culture has benefits such as:
- Attracts and retains the best talent.
- Increases employee engagement.
- Leads to increased productivity.
- Delivers better employee experience.
- Motivates and makes employees feel empowered and in control of their career.
- Encourages success.
- Gives more opportunities for encouragement and career growth.
What positive culture looks like
A positive culture at work includes treating employees with respect, recognising success and achievements, and supporting employees needs and requests. By creating a positive, inclusive work environment that improves teamwork, raises morale and increases productivity, accommodates everyone's needs.
How employees learn and develop culture
Employees learn culture through interaction, activities and communication. The culture of a company is shaped by leaders, but it is a collaborative effort. Companies often assign organisational heroes that set examples and act as role models to give other employees an idea of how they can adjust and adapt to your company culture.
These heroes can establish a set of messages, symbols or key points to instil a sense of identity and teach employees about your work culture. These can serve as a representation of an organisation's culture to communicate values that promote growth, motivation and success.
Ways for employees to develop culture
In order to maintain and then develop company culture it is important to encourage changes and feedback from employees. Here are some of the ways employees can develop culture.
- By having open conversations you can encourage honesty, trust and respect.
- Set goals thinking about your values and what can be achieved.
- Ask employees what they want to learn and develop and any improvements or suggestions.
- Examine your current strategy and provide feedback to allow suggestions or improvements.
- Develop a plan to incorporate culture into the daily work environment.
SCG culture and what it means to us
At Spencer Clarke Group, there are many things that we do to create a positive, inclusive and fun work environment. We have our own vision, mission and culture aiming to positively impact lives and provide world class service.
For us, culture means making sure employees are happy, fulfilled and taken care of, so they in turn will be motivated to work harder and go above and beyond.
How SCG embraces culture
There are many we do at Spencer Clarke Group to embrace positivity and encourage a fun, fulfilling and welcoming workplace culture.
In order to ensure a positive culture in the office, we have our very own Happiness Heroes, 6 members of staff that organise events and set good examples. They act as role models giving other employees an idea of how they can embrace our company culture.
Our Happiness Heroes organise monthly breakfast clubs in the office for everyone to get to know each other and raise money for a good cause, such as MacMillan and Breast Cancer Awareness.
We also embrace company culture by having regular team bonding days out and social events such as Ladies Day at Aintree, Chester Races, go karting and earlier this year we had a Summer Carnival. And of course come December, we have our Christmas Party!
We also play lots of seasonal games for events like Halloween, Christmas and the King's Coronation.
Every November, Spencer Clarke Group plays the Weakest Link to raise money for Children in Need, a bit of healthy competition that contributes to a good cause.
We believe in the importance of recognising achievements and rewarding those who have worked hard, met their targets and deserve to be awarded for their commitment.
We recognise Employee of the Months (Support Team of the Month, Consultant of the Month, Employee of the Month) and Team/Employee of the Quarter and give them the chance to win prizes including vouchers, luxury sunglasses and tickets to events. This helps to motivate employees to their full potential and is a fun experience for all involved!
How SCG defines good workplace culture
Every company has a different vision and set of core values that they follow. At Spencer Clarke Group, our 10 Points of Culture are what shape the norms in our workplace and make us who we are. These points are keywords that can be used to describe our positive culture and the people that embrace them.
The SCG 10 Points of Culture are:
Our 10 points of culture define and represent our shared values and give us a guide to best display our culture to be awarded bi-monthly Culture Champion.
What are SCG Culture Champions?
Spencer Clarke Group Culture Champions are the people who have best displayed our culture within a 2 month period, in or out of work. The best entry gets to play Deal or No Deal with the chance to win up to £500.
Previous winners include: Annabelle Harwood won £250 in a game of Deal or No Deal for putting in extra hours to ensure she smashed her monthly target.
Adam Pickering has been Culture Champion twice, and has won a total of £425! For excellence, Adam showed ambition and set himself high standards to achieve excellence.
Ellie Cutts was awarded Culture Champion for hosting a friendly pancake competition in the office and won herself £125.
Corporate social responsibility at SCG
Ensuring your company has corporate social responsibility is a vital part of your company culture as it reflects the initiatives and organisations that your company supports. At Spencer Clarke Group, we believe that every business should integrate social and environmental concerns into their business operations.
We are enthusiastic about delivering positive change through our commitment to local and national communities, and employees are able to nominate charities to raise money for.
These are just some of the CSR initiatives which Spencer Clarke Group implements:.
- SCG completed Tough Mudder and raised nearly £3k for mental health charity Lancashire MIND.
- We donate 3 food items to Fylde Food Bank for every candidate placed. We also volunteer at the foodbank monthly and so far we have donated thousands of food items.
- We support Lancashire Women by regularly donating clothing and toiletries. We also provide insightful career tips and advice to support Lancashire Women back into work.
- In order to be sustainable, we support UK climate and forestation projects and are virtually paperless. We’re proud to plant 5 trees per employee each month which absorbs 11.25 tonnes of C02. In our commitment to minimise waste we recycle cardboard, plastic, glass, plastic and batteries.
- We reduce energy use and improve energy efficiency through energy efficient lighting within the office.
SCG employees on culture and what it means to them
This is how some of the SCG employees describe working at Spencer Clarke Group.
“I love working at Spencer Clarke Group, the company culture is amazing and it's clear that they value their employees.” – Recruitment Consultant Kaylah Henderson
“I love the culture of the company, the team members I have and that every day here is different. This makes coming to work very enjoyable and the variation day to day means work is never boring. Spencer Clarke Group really is a great place to work!” – Senior Consultant Sam Stanton
“There is high energy, great colleagues to work with and a positive work culture.” – Graphic Designer Luke Meeks
“I love the office environment here at Spencer Clarke Group, there is a great work culture and team spirit.” – Recruitment Consultant Adam Pickering
Who is Spencer Clarke Group?
Since 2017 we have prioritised our candidates and clients needs, and innovated the recruitment industry. From our employees, to the way we conduct business, to the culture in our office, we are enthusiastic about creating a positive impact.
To us, recruitment is about more than just matching candidates and clients; it’s about ensuring they have a better work life balance, the ability to boost their salary and standard of living.
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