Valuing employees more than profit, being trusted to do the job and NO gossip are among the key ingredients to a happy workplace.

A detailed examination of workplace culture explored the attitude of employed adults towards their working environment and identified what makes for a positive one.

Space to be creative is especially important to those polled, as is being blessed with having time to reflect on things and having an approachable boss.

A workplace which empowers all members of staff to make a difference - no matter what their role is - also helps make for a happy environment.

Strong leadership and hard-working colleagues are also vital ingredients for a positive workplace.

A boss exhibits trust in his employee
A boss exhibits trust in his employee

Employee experience platform, Perkbox commissioned the study of 2,000 employed adults along with a short film to explore the significance of workplace culture.

Issued ahead of £WorkplaceCultureWeek, which takes place next week, the clip features workers talking about their different experiences of workplace culture and how it impacts their jobs.

Saurav Chopra, co-founder and CEO at Perkbox, said: "As our research shows, we're clearly making strides when it comes to consciousness around creating great workplace cultures in the UK.

"But at Perkbox we want to make sure this is not just provisional, we want this trend to last forever.

"The benefits are too many - that's why we've inaugurated our very own £WorkplaceCultureWeek.

"Culture reveals a lot about a workplace - with different sectors having very different workplace cultures.

Three employees who appear to get on
Three employees who appear to get on

"So we've created a fantastic interactive video quiz to test how many people can work out what sector each person works - based entirely on a series of clues about their workplace culture."

The study also found six in 10 workers are satisfied with the levels of effort their employers put into making their working environment a positive one.

And half think their employers have shaped a positive culture outside of the daily grind through regular activities away from the workplace.

However, 72 per cent believe it's the entire workforce's responsibility to create a positive work culture and not just the management's.

It also emerged 70 per cent of employed adults actually look forward to going to work - rather than dread it.

Three quarters consider their role to be rewarding and 82 per cent enjoy their job, while almost two thirds believe they work in a happy and supportive environment.

For 77 per cent, this may in part be because their bosses positively encourage them to perform to a high level.

Three quarters said they 'have to work hard' in their job - but 52 per cent believe the recognition they get for doing so makes all the effort worthwhile.

Three quarters of people work hard in their jobs
Three quarters of people work hard in their jobs

The Perkbox study, carried out through OnePoll, also found seven in 10 consider their workplace to be accepting and tolerant - open to different approaches and viewpoints.

Other words to describe workplace culture among those polled include 'welcoming' (27 per cent), 'collaborative' (24 per cent), 'goals driven' (13 per cent) and 'risk conscious' (11 per cent).

Alexandra Sanpera Iglesias, head of communications at Perkbox, said: "£WorkplaceCultureWeek is a week where we all take a step back and reflect upon our culture - the highs, the lows and above all, the effort that goes into curating it, 365 days a year.

"Workplace culture is hard work, it's unique, and ever-changing but it's the DNA of every business and therefore must be preserved - it deserves to be celebrated.

"We hope to see as many businesses as possible joining in our week of celebrations.

"We already have a fantastic line-up of ambassadors including Beam, CV-Library, Yapster and PensionBee."

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TOP 10 INGREDIENTS FOR A POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE...

1. An encouraging atmosphere

2. Strong leadership

3. Somewhere that values employees as much as profit

4. Empowering all staff to make a difference no matter what their role is

5. Hard-working colleagues

6. Understanding bosses

7. Being trusting

8. Space to be creative

9. Space to be reflective

10. Lack of gossip