A Company Culture You Can Be Proud Of
You may remember from our past blog all the ways you can create a culture of success
for your company. There were some great tips there for improving the way your team works together. We’re back again to bring you some new tips we find incredibly vital to any business. The culture within your team is the lifeblood of your company. If there isn’t a strong tie there, the environment will become visibly less conducive to productivity and the work will definitely suffer. Jeremy Bloom writes, “You want a culture that recognizes and embraces shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs
that characterize the goals of the organization.” He also came up with 6 incredible ways to further engage your team in order to build up a strong company culture. Let’s dive into them, shall we?
- “Transparency.” First and foremost, you should be very upfront with everything. It’s your job as the leader to inspire transparency. When you promote this idea of upfront, collective collaboration, your employees will feel more engaged to actually share ideas and work together. It becomes a communicative space where no one fears giving their own suggestions. We like to run weekly company-wide sessions in order to uncover best practices for each department and see how we can implement them in other areas as well. Everyone can participate and ask questions and provide answers. It fosters the right type of engagement for all.
- “Time to disconnect.” As much as we wish we could work and work all day without consequence, it just can’t happen all the time. People need to rest and to reset in order to stay bright-eyed and productive at work. It’s important to recognize that the work-life balance is a vital part in everyone’s day to day. Allowing your team to take care of their personal matters when they arise is a necessary step in creating a strong company culture.
- “Empowerment and a sense of freedom.” Most people will tell you that having a boss who micromanages every little detail can get very draining and usually results in a decrease of productivity. Provide your team with the right amount of space for them to do things their way. Empower them with the freedom to work things out on their own. Give them some general guidelines and then foster their personal innovation.
- “Physical space.” Alright, so the business world can be pretty heavily populated with extroverts who are not afraid of speaking their mind in a crowded room. But, not everyone feels the same way. There are some who would rather not force their voice over the loudest in the room. Online and anonymous collaboration sessions can be a great answer to this problem. The introverts have a space to incorporate their opinions without having to shout or feel uncomfortable in anyway.
- “Talking to customers and employees.” It’s easy to get lost in the process of trying to build up a company. It’s perfectly acceptable to need help or advice. If you’re having challenges, focus on finding solutions by talking to either your team or maybe even your customers. It can be incredibly beneficial to to communicate with a solution-oriented mind instead of focusing on what went wrong.
- “Your organizational design.” Organizations are made up of people, and most people want to belong to successful organizations – especially successful organizations that provide great places to work and real opportunities for future growth. Your organizational design– the way you do things– matters! You want to make sure you are keeping the people at forefront. Are you checking in with your team? Are you having weekly meetings to promote engagement and collaboration? These are all vital things to think about and implement.
Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? We know it can be hard to shift your mindset if you are already so ingrained in doing things a particular way, but by creating this type of company culture, you engagement will sky rocket.