Establishing and maintaining a common and positive company culture is one of the best business moves you can make. Not only will having a healthy work environment make your job feel less like a job, but it will also save you time and money as a business owner. Forbes found that culture can impact the ease with which you can recruit potential employees, how long you can keep those employees around, how happy they are, how hard they work, and even the rate at which they burnout. We can’t emphasize enough just how important culture is. Not sure where to start? You’re in luck; we made a list of the most efficient ways to establish a team culture.
Focus on employee wellbeing
A positive culture starts with physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy employees. Start to create this foundation by making sure that employees have access to the tools they need to feel their best — both inside the office and outside of it.
Use your current culture as a baseline
Just because you want to make some changes to your culture doesn’t mean you have to completely scrap everything you currently stand for. This is a great opportunity to practice listening to your employees. Ask them what they like and what they don’t like about the current workplace environment. From here, you can focus on the changes that your employees would like to see most.
Provide meaning for your employees
One of the best ways to boost job satisfaction is to help your employees find meaning in the work they do. Create a mission statement, decide on core values, and give your employees tangible examples of how their specific role is positively impacting clients and the company as a whole.
Encourage employees to form connections
Forming strong connections between employees is an invaluable tool when establishing a positive culture. A desired culture will never grow if employees see their co-workers as colleagues rather than friends. If employees barely know each other, culture goes out the window. Try to stimulate connections by hosting weekly lunches, happy hours, or even company excursions.
Celebrating employees who embody the values of the culture you are attempting to establish is a great way to subtly model the type of employee that you desire. Also, rewards and positive affirmations tend to be very motivating for most people. It is a win win!
One of the best aspects of building a company culture is that it can be done with any size company on any size budget. All you need is the genuine desire to care for the well-being of your employees. Authenticity goes a long way!
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