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5 Ways to build a solid company culture

5 Ways to Build a Solid Company Culture

Solid company culture

A company’s culture is the community of people that work and interact at a company. It’s how an organization is run, how decisions are made, and how people communicate.

A company’s culture is often created by the founding team and grows over time as new employees join the team and have their own ideas about how things should be done. The more time you spend with your co-workers, the better you know them — which means you can help shape the culture as it evolves over time.

There’s no single right way to build a strong company culture, but if you’re looking for guidance on how to create one, here are some tips:

Prioritize respect 

Regardless of your position at the company, it’s important that everyone feels valued and heard. New employees and interns bring fresh ideas. It’s hard to tell where the next great idea will come from, so make sure everyone has a seat at the table and feels empowered to participate.

Encourage teamwork by emphasizing collaboration among all levels of employees. Asking everyone to pitch in helps promote teamwork within your organization and makes everyone feel like they belong because they’re working together toward a common goal instead

Be open to feedback

Take feedback into account. Don’t take it as a sign that you’re doing something wrong – your employees are trying to improve the company because they care about its success. By allowing them to share their concerns with you, you have a chance to address the concerns and improve things in the workplace.

Be flexible 

Life gets in the way sometimes. No one should worry about not being paid if they take time off to take care of obligations or emergencies outside of work. For example, if a worker is having trouble balancing work and family, try coming up with a way to make it easier for them to do both. This will enable them to be more effective at work. Your staff will respect you instead of thinking you’re distant and inflexible. You might also be able to attract top applicants by offering flexible hours; 88 percent of people would choose a lower-paying job if it offered flexible hours.

Be transparent

Your leadership team should trust employees who are fully committed to the success of the company. Encourage open and honest communication among your team members, managers, and department heads. That way, employees will feel respected and heard. Start an internal newsletter to keep the team in the loop about important stuff. Also, you could do a town hall meeting once a month to reveal company-wide news.

Plan social outings

 People like interacting with each other, whether they’re working remotely or in the office. Let employees get to know one another at work and outside of it to strengthen relationships. You can organize team bonding events and happy hours. Consider what kinds of events your team would like when coming up with ideas for the workplace culture.

Work culture Don’ts

5 ways to build a strong company culture

Don’t encourage employees to skip  breaks

Even though it’s not required, it’s nice to let employees turn off their computers every day for 30 to 60 minutes. You can’t expect your team members to work non-stop for eight hours without breaks because they’re not robots. Plus, it sends a message that workers are only valued for their productivity. Regular breaks increase productivity, and 81% of workers who take daily lunch breaks say they want to actively contribute to their company.

Don’t reschedule one-on-ones

Reduce the way you reschedule appointments with your team members. When you schedule with an employee or member of your team, try to keep your appointment. It shows you appreciate their time, respect their privacy, and are interested in what they have to say.

Prevent disengaged employees from hanging around

A disengaged staff will slow down your progress. While engaged staff will accelerate your success. Talk with your team members if you observe them acting in a manner that does not enhance the success of the group. Sometimes disengaged workers want a little help to get back on track.

But if you are unable to resolve the issue through constructive means, there is no point in continuing this dialogue. Instead, let them go find a job that better suits their requirements and objectives. 

Encourage employees to skill up

A fulfilling work experience includes skill development. Encourage workers to take courses and skill up. Many more companies are offering employees ‘Skill allowances’ to let them take the courses they need and grow their skills. 

Don’t hire for work culture fit

Building a diverse working environment within the company begins with hiring for culture adds instead of culture fits. Culture add recruiting is looking for people who share and reflect your values, but have a unique viewpoint. You need applicants who can add to your team rather than just fit into a mold if you want to keep growing and developing your workplace culture.

Never tolerate poor managers  

Managers have a direct impact on employee performance. According to a Predictive Index study, 94 percent of workers with great managers are more engaged. Meanwhile, workers with bad supervisors want to quit their jobs 77 percent of the time. Since managers engage constantly with their direct reports, making sure all those in charge are acting with conviction and according to your fundamental principles is important.

Don’t expect HR to do all of the work

Even the best HR teams can’t create work culture by themselves. It isn’t something HR can handle on their own because it takes a team effort. Positive cultures happen when people work together.

Takeaway

It takes work to create a productive and rewarding workplace. It will develop if you stick to your principles, treat your team well, and have fun. Cultures that keep employees happy and organizations growing require patience, but the effort is worth it.

To be successful, an organization must cultivate a positive workplace culture in which everyone feels appreciated, welcomed, and respected. Be sure to consider your employees’ input and rely on them to foster a positive work environment.

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