10 Ways to
Improve Company Culture
Company culture always has room for improvement, and it should never become a stagnant idea that’s left on the back burner. By creating a desirable culture within your company, you may see that recruiting quality employees is easier and that your current employees stay with the company longer.
Talk About Your Mission
Communicate your company vision to your employees. Explain your mission and strategy, create short-term goals and work together to achieve long-term goals. To keep employees engaged, regularly talk about how the company is working to reach the vision.
Support Your Employees’ Health and Wellbeing
Supporting your employees’ health and wellbeing is a relatively small investment that will continue to give back by reducing sickness-related absences. This can be achieved by providing support, flexible schedules, healthy meals during meetings and, of course, paid time off.
Support Your Employees’ Training and Growth
Supporting your employees’ career development will help keep them excited about their job. Ask your employees where they see themselves in five years and help them to achieve those goals. Offer learning materials, career coaching, mentors and professional networking.
Encouraging good team-building skills can help increase productivity. By finding comfort in working together, team cohesion can be achieved with ease. Have annual events where everyone can get to know each other such as dinners or parties. You can even take this a step further by hosting fun activities during work hours.
Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Generous vacation time is a great way to improve motivation among your employees—making it one of the most popular perks for employees. Focus on viewing employees as more than just workers. Instead, look at each employee as a person and ensure both professional and personal needs are met in a well-rounded way.
By giving employees insight into your company’s operations, goals and future, you’re promoting trust. Trust is truly the foundation of a great company culture. Not only that, but you’re also giving your employees a voice and making them feel like they have an impact on the direction your company is going.
Reward Good Work
Did you know that companies that provide frequent recognition also tend to have lower turnover rates? Identify specific behaviors and results aligned with your company's goals and values. Recognize and reward those behaviors as frequently as you can, and encourage other employees to do the same amongst each other. Employee recognition doesn’t have to come from the boss to make an impact.
Encourage Co-Worker Relationships
Having a strong relationships at work can help with employee engagement, but building strong coworker relationships takes time. Provide plenty of team-building activities, encourage employees to spend time with each other outside of work and show your support. Think about both the environment in your own organization. Is it conducive to building strong relationships?
Many companies have begun to understand how important it is to provide their employees with flexibility. It can greatly reduce turnover rates and promote trust. Workplace flexibility could mean many things, from a parent stepping out for a few hours to attend their child’s school event, to working from home or an employee taking off work for a personal day.
Give and Solicit Feedback Regularly
Employees don't get enough feedback, and when they do it's often vague. Annual performance reviews are not sufficient enough because it doesn't effectively provide an employee with the tools they need to improve and grow. Try giving helpful, timely feedback to everyone. You can reward good behaviors and results as they occur, and encourage more of the same.
Building a great company culture not only improves employee motivation, but it also has positive effects on your bottom line. Each office will have its own culture and personality. As you consider the best environment for your company, take a minute to step back and examine what that looks like in your workplace.