Company culture defines a working environment and covers a whole host of elements from values and goals, to expectations and the overall atmosphere within a company.
If you want your business to be successful and retain top talent, having a positive company culture is extremely important. Not only will it attract brilliant employees and make them stay, it will bring out the best in them. The more comfortable and relaxed people are at work, the better they will perform, which increases productivity and improves co-worker relationships.
To help you establish a good company culture, we’ve put together some of our top tips:
Establish company values
To improve your company culture, you need to establish clear company values that ensure everyone feels part of one team. With these shared values, it will give employees a clear view of the company, it’s expectations and limitations.
Build upon co-worker relationships
Encouraging strong co-worker relationships will help to drive engagement and improve communication within your company. This isn’t something that can just happen automatically. You should schedule time for discussions, team building sessions and activities to get everyone involved.
Trust your employees and embrace self-management
Trust is extremely important within the workplace, especially when it comes to employee responsibilities. Micromanagement may work in certain environments, but in general, employees don’t like it and it doesn’t show your trust in their ability to manage themselves effectively. By embracing employee autonomy and letting go of the ‘traditional’ way, you allow your staff to take on their responsibilities and initiatives in a way that works for them.
Listen to what your employees have to say
Your employees have views and opinions too, so listen to them. They may have a great idea on how to improve something within your business, or an idea on how to resolve an issue. Collaborating with your team is essential if you want your business to succeed.
Over time company culture has evolved and flexible working has become a benefit that top talent looks for within their job role. Most job roles expect employees to be just that – an employee. Working at their desks throughout regular working hours without the freedom they may require to work at their best. Flexible working gives employees the ability to manage their own time, which in turn improves productivity and well being.
Recognition and rewards
If an employee is working particularly well, it’s important that you recognise and acknowledge that. Whether it’s as simple as peer-to-peer recognition from co-workers, or a bonus or pay rise, ensuring your employees feel valued is crucial if you want to retain your staff and build a positive working atmosphere.
Provide regular employee feedback
Yearly reviews are great, but if you want to provide your employees with the tools they need to improve and grow within their role, you should provide feedback on a regular basis. This will allow you to provide support when it’s needed most and provide your employees with a goal.
Job perks covers a huge range of topics, from paid holidays and pensions to healthcare and gym memberships. However you choose to provide perks to your employees, it’s these things that help to retain staff and make them feel valued in the workplace. It can also help them to balance their work/life balance, improving your company culture in the process.
If you would like to discuss your company culture and how you can improve it, get in touch! We would love to help you achieve the healthiest workplace possible.