Challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace

“With five generations now working in many organisations, each with very different ideas on what they want from their working life there, is a challenge and an opportunity for employers.”

For Robert Camp, Director of Strategic Innovation at South West law firm Stephens Scown LLP, the biggest change in recent years has been the upward pressure from new generations who want to work for an organisation with a purpose that fits their personal values.

“Business models like employee ownership and B Corps are a very visible manifestation of an organisation’s values and purpose. There is no doubt that there is a war on talent, with professional services firms battling it out to attract the best recruits. For Stephens Scown, changing our business model and becoming employee owned has given us a competitive advantage,” says Robert Camp.

“Employee ownership makes our culture very visible and candidates who share our values are more likely to apply, which means a greater return on our recruitment costs. Before becoming employee owned, we would interview 10 candidates and know straight away that three or four were not a good fit for the firm. Now out of 10 interviewees we often find that 8 or 9 of them fit well with our culture.”

Robert also argues that getting the right new recruits is not enough.

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Robert Camp

Robert Camp

Stephens Scown
Robert is a Strategic Innovation Director at Stephens Scown and is based in Exeter. Robert’s vision for the firm is simple – to provide excellent client service and to develop and play to everyone’s strengths – and he has looked beyond the legal sector in a bid to set the firm apart from their competitors. He qualified in November 1986 and attended Harvard Law School’s Leadership in Law course and enjoys leading and being responsible for setting and delivering innovation for the firm. Having worked in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, Robert has extensive national experience in the mining and minerals sector. Robert is a director and trustee of the Christian overseas and development charity Tearfund, a Board director of the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, an elected member of the CBI Regional Council for the South West, an advisory Board member of Burcher Jennings and a director of the South West Tourism Alliance.