Employees are treated fairly
Why do employees feel that the company has strong principles, and treats its staff well?
Employees feel that they are being treated fairly
One of the most widely cited examples in our research of why Crest Nicholson is an engaging employer, was the culture they have embedded of fairness, respect and equality.
“They are not looking at what sex or race you are, they are looking at whether you are a good employee to the business. It’s the individual and what they can bring to the business.”
The company makes a lot of effort to ensure people are treated fairly regardless of position, region or level. This can be seen in how benefits are put in place.
From a new recruit starting to long term employees no matter who you are, all employees will receive access to generous benefits.
Although actual benefits individually are not necessarily the greatest drivers of engagement, it is how they have been introduced that demonstrates a strong sense of ‘care’ that employees really value. It’s this psychological contract that motivates employees. More generally, having incentives also makes people feel secure and confident that the company is doing well. For example, the health insurance benefits go above and beyond the necessities, and include alternative therapies.
The list of benefits includes:
- Share save scheme
- Private healthcare (automatically enrolled upon recruitment)
- ‘My reward’ (discount in selective shops)
- Car benefits
- Ability to buy or sell up to 3 days annual leave – this gives people control and is particularly helpful for those with families
- Job flexibility
- Office based employees leaving at 4pm on Fridays – this motivates people, particularly at times of high pressure during the week (knowing that things will balance out and they can go home early)
- Incentives if you introduce someone to the company.
Crest are keen to ensure that monthly updates via email keep people both informed and updated on what’s new. Benefit initiatives are distributed via the company intranet, as well as through the company email address.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, you are offered the same. (Crest are an) open minded company that moves forward with the times.”
Sometimes it’s the personal things that have an impact, like managers showing consideration for the safety of their staff working in sales offices. There is also a strong sense of respect between staff at Crest Nicholson. They are open to suggestions and will not shoot them down without seriously considering them. It is not unusual for employees across the business to have their opinions asked, to take part in brainstorming sessions, to suggest how to make things better.