6 Methods for Creating a Positive Company Culture
We’ve all felt the shift in the last two years. People’s attitudes have changed as have their values and motivations for where they’d like to work. As more companies return to the office, workers are finding the old practices may not suit their needs anymore.
People want to be reassured that the time they spend working (when, instead they could be doing other things that make them happy) actually matters. It is that proposition (“Is what I do for work worth my time when I could be doing something else?”) that has become the driving motivator for people leaving their jobs. In short, a toxic company culture.
Currently, there are more jobs available than at any other time in US History. If you want the best candidates to fill those roles, you’re going to want to create a workplace that welcomes them in and makes them feel valued. We’ve identified six ways employers can do just that.
1. Clearly define and share your company values.
Your company’s values are critical for your culture. They provide a guide and a measuring post for all employees, impacting how they treat others, their work, and themselves. Clearly define those values and share them with everyone, and don’t settle for what some other brand could claim. They should be specific to you–why you exist and what you care about. It’s okay if they’re hard to write and require revisions, this will make your culture stronger.
2. Encourage healthy conversations.
People like to know if they’re doing a good job. Positive affirmations and praising your employees have proven to boost a team’s morale and confidence. Additionally, by addressing issues when they arise in a private and respectful manner allows for them to be handled in a way that is more likely to be effective. No one likes being called out in front of a large group.
There is no “one-size fits all” solution for healthy conversations. They do not sound the same to everyone. This will take learning your people’s personalities and identifying their triggers and motivators to help guide discussions.
3. Incorporate mindfulness into the everyday.
More than 75 percent of workers have experienced burnout. And 61 percent of remote workers say they find it difficult to “unplug” after work hours. Especially if you’re a remote company, you’re more at risk of employees feeling over-stressed and under-motivated. But your team is only strong because of those individuals, so prioritize them.
4. Offer mental health days, no questions asked.
In a study by the American Psychological Association, 68 percent of workers said their mood was more positive after taking time off. It invites them to pause, get off email and reconnect with their motivation when they’re back. Creating an environment that prioritizes the well-being of your employees will go a long way towards making them feel valued and will encourage them to put in their best work possible.
5. Implement more productive days.
A workday with no distractions, no calls, and no meetings.just a day where your employees can tackle their to-do lists or whatever other projects are on their plate. Providing access to time management strategies and resources will also make these days more effective.
6. Establish an actual open-door policy.
In a remote workplace, promoting clear, transparent communication becomes even more important. Making leadership available for their teams if they have issues or concerns is vital to maintaining not only a productive office but a positive culture. Your company is your people. You’re only going to find the right fit when you treat them with respect and compassion and offer growth opportunities and if you don’t, someone else will.
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