Luke Azzopardi

As the fight to attract top talent gets fiercer and fiercer, many are the companies adopting long lists of benefits to brand themselves as ‘employee-friendly’.

In light of this, Switch Marketing Manager Luke Azzopardi questions whether it is, in fact, such benefits that ultimately aid employee wellbeing and create a positive company culture.

Making reference to benefits of the likes of ‘a casual dress code’, ‘free lunch,’ and ‘hybrid or remote working’, Mr Azzopardi says: “none of these are bad, but they’re not a substitute for fun and inclusive company culture.”

“We used to celebrate International Bacon Day every year at Switch, before we went fully remote, and it was fun. Still not culture,” he adds.

Rather than focusing on such benefits, Mr Azzopardi urges to hone in on the true meaning of company culture and adopt incentives that truly serve to improve employee wellbeing.

“Culture is a leader or a colleague realising someone is struggling and reaches out to tell them it’s ok to struggle, and to offer help. Culture is leaders sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of those that follow them,” he says.

“Culture is understanding that your employees have a life beyond work, and that it’s more important to them than anything. Culture is knowing my leaders don’t look at me and see a means to a financial end,” he continues.

In conclusion, the Marketing Manager notes that “as an employee, once you find [company culture], you won’t easily let it go. And it’s not spoken into existence. Only actions can build it.”

Mr Azzopardi has often spoken out about company or industry-wide practices that can seek to better employee wellbeing.

Earlier this summer, he penned a sobering message about the corporate world’s understanding of ‘success’, urging readers to use ‘quality of life’ as their KPI, rather than money.

Featured Image:

Luke Azzopardi / LinkedIn

Related

Vincent Marmara / DOI - Alan Saliba

Income reclaims top spot as most important aspect of employment, national survey finds

20 June 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

The findings from the 2024 State of the Nation survey, conducted through a sample of 1,064 people, were presented on ...

62% of CEOs prioritising growth in 2024, highest level in 10 years – survey

20 June 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

A recent survey from consultancy firm Gartner Inc featured responses from 416 CEOs senior business executives from different countries and ...

Kevin J. Borg named new Malta Employers’ Association Director General

20 June 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

He takes over from Joseph Farrugia, who will continue to serve as Consultant for the association.

Alliance CEO Michael Bonello ‘couldn’t be prouder’ as daughter closes first contract as letting agent

19 June 2024
by Anthea Cachia

Thea, Michael Bonello's eldest daughter, joined the Alliance team recently.

Close Bitnami banner
Bitnami