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Three approaches that build an attractive workplace culture

This article is brought to you by KeyPay.

It’s important to remember that when you focus on creating an environment where people could be successful, a successful business will naturally follow.

It’s no secret that happy and engaged employees play a vital role in contributing towards the success of a business. Yet a constant challenge many HR teams face is knowing how to build an attractive workplace culture that not only nurtures internal morale, but also functions as an external vehicle to attract top talent.

If you’re in the midst of brainstorming ideas on how to improve your businesses’ workplace culture, here are three approaches that will help:

1. Be people-focused

Too often, leaders get caught up in running a successful business that they forget about creating a healthy work environment alongside it. It’s important to remember that when you focus on creating an environment where people could be successful, a successful business will naturally follow.

Having a people-focused approach involves remembering that people have feelings, passions, and other things going on in their lives outside of work.

By creating allowance for flexible working hours where needed and trusting employees to get tasks done on time, employees tend to reciprocate the respect given, and are more productive in their tasks as a result. 

Another aspect is ensuring employees are equipped with tools that set them up for success with their scope of work. A crucial tool that HR teams should review is payroll software. When a business has the right payroll software in place, HR teams will have more time freed up to focus on other strategic tasks that benefit business employees.

These are key payroll software features to look out for that will help HR teams save time:

  • Cloud-based software: Enables access to data anytime from anywhere, offering the option for flexible working where needed.

  • Automation: Having payroll software that automates the calculation of pay rates, withheld taxes, CPF deductions, pay runs and report distribution automatically reduces data errors whilst eliminating repetitive manual tasks for HR teams.
  • Encompasses HR features (such as scheduling, time and attendance and Employee Self Service): Allows HR teams to consolidate data under one system, creating a simplified workspace with no need to manage multiple platforms.

2. Re-think “resource”

The word “resource” is traditionally used in business to describe employees. But what if that was turned on its head, and the business was viewed as a resource instead?

Doing so enables leaders to start thinking more about creating a business environment that people want to work in, contribute to, and grow. 

For HR teams, it is crucial to think about how employees are engaging with the business on a day-to-day basis. Is the experience enjoyable or are there roadblocks causing frustration? 

For example, when employees have to send multiple emails in specific formats to HR regarding payslips, leave requests, or expense claims, it results in a distracted employee, a time-poor HR department, and unnecessarily long email chains.

However, with a payroll system that has employee self-service features (a bigger bonus if this feature also comes in the form of a mobile app) – employees can easily access payslips, work documents, request leave and submit expenses in a few clicks anytime and anywhere, with an internet connection. 

3. Don’t take things too seriously

While there is an importance of meeting deadlines, achieving goals, and ensuring there is a return on investment, don’t expect people to overwork themselves to achieve it.

Foster a work environment and leadership culture that is fun, empathetic, and allows people to try new things without the option of fearing failure.

With the Covid-19 pandemic introducing new ways of working for every business, HR teams now have a great opportunity to not only conduct a review of existing employee processes, but to also introduce these new approaches that build an attractive workplace culture.

Ultimately driving existing employee engagement, boosting existing employee retention rates and driving interest from external top talents. Thus taking the business to new heights.  


About KeyPay:

KeyPay is an award-winning cloud-based payroll and workforce management platform dramatically transforming the way payroll is traditionally processed with automated pay runs, saving businesses time to increase returns. 

In a single, integrated platform, KeyPay automates the flow of data from employees across rosters, timesheets, leave management, and reporting. With everything under one roof, businesses can save costs and free themselves from the stressors of payroll with a system that makes it simple.

Since launching in Australia in 2012, KeyPay has expanded to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia with continuous global recognition for its offering. 

Find out more about KeyPay here: https://sg.keypay.com/

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