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The Importance of Creating A Great Working Environment.

Author: Tod Bamber

Published date: 2018/07

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Working people spend more than a third of their lives at work! I’ll let that sink in for a moment. In the UK we have an average life expectancy of 81 years, so if we do some simple maths; that means we spend 27 years at work, which equates to 9,855 days, or a whopping 236,520 hours. Put simply, it’s a fair bit. 

What makes these numbers slightly more worrying, or in my opinion incredibly worrying, is that according to statistical data only (wait for it…) 13 percent of us actually “enjoy, or are emotionally invested, and focused on helping their organizations improve.” Again, put in simple terms, that would suggest 87 percent of us experience a sense of dissatisfaction or negativity for the majority our time at work, or a third of our lives, and that’s upon the assumption that everything outside of work is tip-top and plain sailing, which as we all know isn’t always the case. 

It is no coincidence, then, that a very prominent topic at the moment is the question, “what makes a great workplace?” This is becoming more and more apparent across a range of industries and especially within the Fintech Space. From what I can see, opinions are very much divided on this topic in particular; some think bean bags, stand up desks, slides and chill out lounges are a must, whilst others couldn’t think of anything worse. 

At Harrington Starr we are currently working with a client who has a big emphasis on the ‘workplace satisfaction’ topic, and in my opinion are doing a stellar job at creating one. I have met just over half of their staff and there is an absolute consistency of a few key ingredients. 

They put a high value on peoples’ opinions and ideas, embrace diversity and individuality, they trust employees with respect and the one thing that really stands out to me is the genuine passion they have when speaking about the journey the organisation is on. In my opinion, the route to success is much more achievable with the help and support of others, as the old saying goes: ‘many hands make for light work’.

By creating an environment where everybody’s work is valued as much as the next person, they have created a highly motivated, empowered team who are on a journey where the sky is the limit. We have had some recent success with them, and are excited to continue and grow this partnership as they really are setting the standard for a ‘great working environment’

If you think your business is setting similar standards then we would love to hear from you. Head to to apply for our Ultimate Fintech Workplace Awards and see if you get recognised by a judging panel of your peers and other standard-bearers in the industry.