The power of a happier workforce
WorkL is a ground breaking new service created by Mark Price, the former Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. Driven by his belief in the potential of happier employees to transform businesses, Mark has developed a set of simple tools for companies and individuals to use
About Mark Price
From nourishing the nation to nourishing business
Mark Price is a businessman, writer and former government Minister of Trade. A former Managing Director of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and Chairman of Business in the Community, Mark has spent over thirty years unlocking the power of people in organisations. He is passionate about creating engaged and happy workforces who in turn create longer-term sustainable success for businesses
The Six Steps to Workplace Happiness
01. Reward & Recognition
Being fairly paid is a huge concern for everyone, and if you are not paying a fair salary no amount of recognition for a job well done will be enough to make your employees forget they are not being paid enough. Your pay scale has to meet expectations. Learn how good you are at Reward and Recognition with our Workplace Happiness Measuring questionnaire and see what else this chapter entails by reading the book.
02. Information Sharing
Everybody in your organisation needs to have a realistic and well-sourced view of where they work. Not sharing information makes employees feel an unimportant part of the business. Engagement and commitment can be eroded by this. The closed-door approach doesn’t just have a negative impact on engagement, it can directly impact on decision-making and therefore profitability and success. How free is the information in your organisation? How do you compare to others around the world? Find out by taking the questionnaire today.
Nobody is perfect but a team can be. The aim of any business must surely be to make their employees feel empowered and this means making them a key part of the decision-making process, listening to their ideas and integrating their suggestions to build and refine into your strategy. Our experiences inevitably bring us all to different solutions and ways of achieving them, but only by listening to all views can the bests outcomes be reached.
There is a growing body of evidence to support the idea that well-being is an essential aspect of employee engagement. It leads to improved production, lower rates of absence and stress, and higher levels of motivation. In other words, employee health and well-being has become a hard economic factor. Measure how well your organisational well-being compares to others.
05. Instilling Pride
Have you ever heard any of your employees respond to ‘where do you work'? Employees who love what they do and feel proud of where they work will speak openly and positively about it to colleagues, potential employees, customers and people in their community. Instilling such pride is not just about stirring speeches, sharing growth figures, or saying a few well-placed thank yous. It centres on having a purpose and helping everyone see that what they do each day is worthwhile. A big part of that is to do with how your business interacts with the wider world. People want to work for an organisation that cares about how it impacts on society. How proud are your employees to work in your organisation?
06. Job Satisfaction
We have nothing of greater value than our people. High levels of employee engagement is the key to unlock organisational success. Happy employees equal a solid, successful and long-lasting business. But what makes people tick on a personal level? In other words, what makes workers happy and satisfied at work? More importantly, what can we, as business leaders, do about it?
Six Steps to Workplace Happiness
Accompanying Mark’s book Fairness For All this is a ‘how to’ guide to workplace happiness. With helpful space for making your own notes and lots of practical suggestions.
Fairness For All
This is the first time a book has ever explored the unique and much admired model of the John Lewis Partnership. Through looking at it alongside best practice from other companies, Mark Price demonstrates how to help all businesses be more successful.
True stories from one of the UK’s most experienced businessmen. After thirty years of life in the John Lewis Partnership Mark Price imparts some wisdom and gentle humour with these workplace fables.