A new research survey reveals that the winter months is a time when we all take stock of our job and think about whether we are happy or whether it’s time to move on. It’s especially important for managers to keep job satisfaction up over the winter months, so that good people don’t leave.

But what do people really value in their work environment? What really makes the difference and keeps people on board? The findings from the new global Regus survey gives managers some top tips about holding on to good people.
South African workers declare that showing respect towards all members of staff is the most important ingredient to creating a happy business culture. In the latest survey by workplace provider Regus over 17 000 respondents from more than 80 countries were asked what factors were most likely to help create a happy work atmosphere and 56% of South African workers said that respect for colleagues is the key ingredient. Vocally acknowledging the work of others (52%) and encouraging skills and knowledge sharing (48%) were voted second and third most important factors. Actively celebrating colleagues’ successes was also nominated by 36% of respondents.
Therese Meyer, commercial director of Regus Africa and Middle East, comments: “From June through to August, workers typically take advantage of the winter months to weigh up what lies ahead of them  and their work situation. The results of this survey should serve as a wake-up call to managers who may be overlooking simple, practical and cost-free measures they can take to make sure that staff don’t resign during this period.
“As work pressures and hours expand further into people’s personal lives, South African workers are ever more aware of the importance that the character of the people they work and spend so many hours of their day with has on job satisfaction. Aside from salary increases and material bonuses, simple steps like showing respect for all staff, making a point of congratulating staff on good work and helping colleagues develop by encouraging skills and knowledge sharing contribute to creating a more human and wholesome environment that staff are not easily tempted to abandon.”