Employees nowadays, pay a lot of attention to a company’s values and culture, when they are thinking of applying for a job position. Your employees are the most important asset in your company and without them and their dedication, your company would not be the same. They need to feel that the company’s management cares for them, for their opinions, and their feelings. Empathy plays a very significant role and your managers should be trained in being more understanding and empathetic if you want your company’s culture to be successfully upgraded.
Strong company culture can offer you a lot of benefits. First and foremost, your employees will be more dedicated to you and they won’t leave you if a better offer comes up. People tend to stay in jobs, where the atmosphere is good and they feel happy. Moreover, when they feel happy, they tend to be more productive, since they care about their work and they want it to reflect the best possible result. Last but not least, if your culture promotes teamwork, your employees will be better team players and the outcome will pay off all their hard work. Below you will find ways to improve your company’s culture.
Include your team in the process
Your employees know sometimes more about your company than you. Ask them about their opinions and learn more about their thoughts. People love to be heard and their opinions matter. Also, ask them about what they think needs to be changed, regarding your company’s culture and take into account their suggestions in the decision-making process.
Consistency is everything
When you promote a particular company culture, it’s not enough to just convey the message. Your culture and values should be reflecting in every aspect of your company, from your message to your processes and initiatives. If there is not an alignment between your message and everything else, your employees will get confused about what you support as an organization. So remind your employees that they are invited to contribute and evolve your culture if they please.
Do not make conversations behind closed doors
Transparency is vital in a company with values and strong culture. Every conversation should be an open discussion, so as many employees as possible could express their opinions. To achieve that, you have to build trust with your team and let them know about what’s going on in your company. Conversations behind closed doors are not the case in a company where everything is built on trust.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate
Celebrate every achievement of all your team members. It doesn’t have to be a big win to be celebrated, you should celebrate every win no matter the size. Employees that see their work being recognized, are happy and productive. Even if the company has a win, you should all together celebrate, because this win is based on everybody’s efforts.
Adapt to the new reality
The new reality with COVID-19 entering the game has brought up the matter of flexibility. Companies have started operating in new ways with the addition of remote working. Offer your employees the opportunity to have a flexible working schedule but explain that they have to complete their daily tasks in the hours they choose to work. Show that you support them in that and you are more than happy to make them as convenient as possible.
Improving your company’s culture will benefit you in many ways, but don’t forget that this is not enough and the challenge of maintenance is around the corner and you have to be really careful.