The term work culture refers to the character of your business and what it stands for in terms of success and goals. It also includes the tradition and beliefs that make your organisation different and unique.
Workplace culture can impact your organisation in a number of different ways, which is why you can’t afford to ignore it. The culture of a company will come from the top, down. Those in the higher management positions will be in a position to inform the attitude of the rest of the business. As the old saying goes, if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. For an organisation, the losses are potentially huge.
As a manager or CEO, you should be focused on building a sustainable work culture. A sustainable work culture is a positive one as it helps improve overall employee performance, attracts and retains talented team members, creates workplace satisfaction and boosts commitment to productivity.
Work as a Team
Teamwork makes the dream work – it is that simple. You can develop a positive corporate culture by making people know that their participation and contributions matter. Relating to your employees as team members rather than ‘underlings’ is one of the easy ways to achieve this.
Make Work Fun
Brett Harned says that “Happy people are productive people.” Your workplace shouldn’t have an atmosphere of rigidity and seriousness. Make it fun and introduce company activities other than the job itself such as contests or games, and lunchtime activities.
You can also set up a social platform where the team can express themselves freely. It takes the stress off work, and as Brett maintains, it aids productivity.
Place a Premium on Employee Wellness
It is impossible to build a sustainable work culture in an organisation that isn’t bothered about the wellbeing of its employees. People can’t perform optimally if their physical, mental, or emotional health isn’t at its best.
As an employer, play your part by providing resources and tools for the overall wellbeing of your team. Also, you’d do well to have a compensation package in the event of work-related issues. If your team is well aware that the leadership cares enough, they will repay that gesture with improved performance because they feel valued.
Create Individual and Collective Goals
Creating goals with the team gives everyone a sense of purpose and responsibility. At no point in time should your team work with no clearly defined goals. Creating goals is also an opportunity to re-emphasise and realise the organisation’s standards and culture, and encourage everyone to give their best.
In the same way, while under-appreciation can make an employee decide it’s time to move on, appreciating employees can make them stay and do more. A simple handwritten letter to team members, a handshake, a pat on the back, or a smile can work the magic. You could also host regular events to appreciate employees openly. It won’t hurt to throw in financial incentives too.
Positive workplace culture is very rewarding and beneficial. Strive to build a sustainable work culture by following these tips, and remember that your team should be at the centre of it.