If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s the importance of getting a good work/life balance.

But what does that actually MEAN?

In reality, it’s different for everyone. Sure, we all need to pay the bills, but never underestimate how important a positive environment is. Not only for the benefit of an employee, but also the employer, productivity will always be better with a happy workforce.

Here are a few key factors that can help create a positive work culture. 


We all lead busy lives and having an employer that offers genuine flexibility can really take the pressure off. If you know that you can book that doctors appointment without it being an issue, or finish a bit early to take your dog/cat/goldfish to the vets or your child to a sports club it really does make life much easier and less stressful.


Working for an organisation that has values that align with yours is important.  But it works both ways, finding like-minded individuals in terms of culture when recruiting, will ensure that your company message doesn’t get diluted and that teams will work well together.

Working Environment

This isn’t just about having a plush, open plan office and the latest flashy laptop. Perhaps you prefer working closer to home and really don’t care about the latest tech, maybe what matters to you is the size of the team/company. Understanding what factors are important to you will help you to find the right role for you.


We’ve all been there, worked our proverbial backsides off and never received any kind of acknowledgement for our hard work. Working for an organisation that recognises and acknowledges what you do can really boost performance and if your hard work is rewarded, even better.


Very few people want (or need) to be micro-managed. Giving employees the freedom (and let’s be honest, respect) to get on with their roles and make their own decisions will make them feel valued, which once again will only have a positive effect on productivity.

So, whether you’re looking for a new role or you’re recruiting to your team, think about what’s important when it comes to culture and employee satisfaction.  If you get it right, you should reap the rewards, both in terms of productivity and retention.