This is what the local workforce wants from their employer

As a recruitment agency based in Peterborough, we have been providing support to both candidates and local businesses for over 20 years. To be able to provide the most relevant and proactive recruitment service, it is imperative that we remain at the forefront of the demands and expectations of the local workforce.

To do this, we recently ran a survey asking the Peterborough public what they wanted from their employers and place of work.

The options to choose from were as follows:

  • Flexible working options
  • Strong team culture
  • Affective appraisals
  • Bringing and using your own devices

Flexible working options

44% of the Peterborough workforce chose flexible working options, proving that this is one of the most appreciated benefits.

Flexible and remote working has risen in popularity in recent years. An innovative approach to transforming the daily lives of workers everywhere, these schedules provide a range of benefits to both parties.

Flexible working options see working days differ from the normal business hours. This could mean working longer hours over less days, or beginning their working day at different times, for instance 7am-4pm instead of 9am-5pm.

Flexible schedules allow employees to achieve a better work/life balance. Employees don’t have to compromise their social or personal activities and commitments outside of the office with furthering their professional career.

A survey by Timewise found that 87% of the UK workforce currently have flexible working options or would like them. Morgan Stanley previously found that companies that do not offer flexible working underperformed against the MSCI World Index between 2011-2016.

Flexible working contributes to building a strong employer brand, seeing businesses reduce the turnover of valued staff, as well as attracting talent to their business, becoming an employer of choice.

The results of our survey should highlight its importance to Peterborough employers.

Strong team culture

35% of respondents said that they want their workplace to possess a strong team culture.

It is critical that employees feel motivated, appreciated and valued. Employees that feel respected are not only productive, but also create work of a high quality.

Employees don’t want to dread going to work each day; a strong, positive team culture is the foundation for happy, productive employees. If you build a team culture that employees are excited to be a part of, they will deliver great work, exceeding the expectations of clients and customers, driving the business forward.

A strong workplace culture will encourage team communication, collaboration and creativity. This in turn, contributes to efficiency and innovative thinking.

Happy employees are less likely to leave the business, allowing your team to become stable and build strong relationships.

Effective appraisals

Our survey found that 21% of the Peterborough workforce value effective appraisals.

Staff appraisals provide employers and employees with fresh perspective, the opportunity to assess performance and achievements as well as identify training needs and steps for career progression.

Staff appraisals are crucial for employee development. The modern workforce is unlikely to want to sit still and remain stationary in their careers. They want to be confident that they are performing at a high level, delivering value and making a definitive contribution.

Employees want their work to be purposeful. As an employer, you should be using regular appraisals to acknowledge successes, provide further training to improve weaknesses and plan for the next step in your employee’s career.

Without these regular development sessions, you run the risk of employees feeling overlooked and not respected, leading to high staff turnover.

We have created a free, downloadable staff appraisal kit. Within the kit you will find staff appraisal forms for employers and a self-appraisal form for employees, as well as advice and guidance on how to conduct appraisals.

You can download your staff appraisal kit here.

Bringing your own devices

None of our respondents in Peterborough said that they wanted to use their own devices for work purposes.

Bring your own device, or BYOD is synonymous with remote and flexible working. Bring your own device sees employees using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops to carry out their daily roles. This includes logging into company networks, systems and data, rather than using company owned devices.

The argument for BYOD includes more efficient and autonomous working as employees are more familiar navigating their own devices. It also removes the inconvenience of carrying two devices. This provides a cost saving opportunity for businesses.

However, there is a concern around the security and management of data. To successfully manage a BOYD policy, businesses will need to implement mobile device management strategies and deliver staff training to ensure high levels of security. This will need to be created and managed in conjunction with the IT department or supplier.

If you would feel that you are aligned with the demands and expectations of the local workforce in Peterborough, and have vacancies you need to fill, please contact a member of the Anne Corder team today.

About the Author

Anne Corder

Anne Corder


Whilst still actively handling recruitment assignments, Anne specialises in Human Resources with many years of experience in that sector. She blogs on wider recruitment issues affecting both candidates and clients, commenting and offering tips and advice to help achieve the right outcomes.