Simplify’s CEO David Grossman answers the question…A lot of organisations are focusing on enhancing their workplace culture, where do you suggest companies start? Has the pandemic altered/affected your strategy for this?
In an environment where huge numbers of colleagues are now working from home, it’s never been more important to focus on workplace culture. Bringing together diverse businesses into a larger group means it’s truer still. Simplify is the UK’s largest conveyancing and property services group and, although our origins carry a rich and varied history, as a combined group, formed in 2019, we have been building our workplace culture during the pandemic and have learned some valuable lessons along the way.
It’s important to start by developing a clear view of why the organisation exists and identifying the ambition and values that unite the people within it. To get traction, the ambition of the business needs to resonate with the widest possible group of colleagues and that means it needs to emerge from that group rather than be imposed on it.
‘Pre COVID’, large meetings and post-it notes were the typical route used to gather insight from colleagues, but with the majority working from home during the pandemic, businesses have needed to get more creative.