HOW The UK workplace
THE WORKPLACE IN 2023 AND BEYOND
To effectively serve the changing needs of an organisation, it’s important to serve the needs of the people within the organisation.
But change often brings challenge, and with an ever changing working world, what do employees consider their biggest need?
CARING ABOUT CULTURE
No two organisations are the same, neither are their cultures. The extent to which workers can make a meaningful contribution to an organisation depends not only on the employee’s knowledge and skills, but also on working within a culture that seeks to maximise the value of the worker’s unique contributions.
The research explores the concept of "cultural add" the ability of organisations to actively seek far more diverse talent, mindsets, and cultures. Rather than limiting recruitment to prioritising candidates that fit an existing workplace culture, the research highlights factors that may promote the growth of culturally additive teams and how this can deliver increasingly positive results.
Beyond recruitment, it uncovers that certain demographic groups feel disproportionately unwelcome within their existing workplace. And as a result, organisations may fail to realise the full potential of their own people. Everyone is responsible for creating a culture where everyone can thrive. But first, everyone must have a clear, consistent, and common understanding of it.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH
We commissioned Opinium Research, an international leading research and insights company, to carry out a survey of more than 2,000 workers across private sector, public bodies and third-sector organisations. The report includes qualitative analysis as well as case study interviews.
WHY THE RESEARCH IS IMPORTANT TO US
This report embraces complexity by investigating factors that enable diverse and inclusive workplace cultures. Everyone influences, and is influenced by, workplace culture. But people are inherently complex, and the notion of culture means something different to everyone.
At Newton we aspire to create teams with diverse perspectives, skills and experiences, leading to equally better outcomes for our people and the clients we work alongside.
KEY FINDINGS FROM THE STUDY INCLUDE:
Awareness of the importance of culture is strongly related to corporate ethos.
Most respondents feel there is acceptance of gender and ethnic diversity in UK workplaces.
Most older workers appear to feel disconnected from modern company cultures.
Two thirds of workers feel prepared to address intersectionality in the workplace.