In a series of interviews with Spectrum Workplace, companies consider the changing requirements of both the business and the employee.
The interviews have been brought together as a report and published by DECISION magazine and then as a digital book.
Interview with MIKE GAWTHORNE CHIEF EXECUTIVE SEROCOR
We’re more relaxed about what hours people work. We used to be very much focused on time people came into work and when they left, but now our individual branded operations have different philosophies. For example, at one, staff get time off for hitting targets. The motivation used to be a bonus but now it’s more important to offer flexibility.”
“We used to talk about ‘work-life balance’ now it’s just ‘balance’.”
“Technology means that anyone can work anywhere,” says Gawthorne. “But that doesn’t mean everyone wants to. For example, employees like our London office in particular, where is on the 20th floor with cracking 180 degree views – someone posted pictures of it on LinkedIn this morning. And at our head office, they love having a canteen to go to.”
“Staff are actively asking for the sort of things that they consider essential if they are to ‘go to work’. Serocor’s head office has a gym and shower facilities for example, as well as the canteen. “People really appreciate being able to ride a bike in and have a shower,” says Gawthorne. “And staff requested a breakout area where they can come for peace and quiet, to have informal meetings or just a coffee and a chat.”