Five Ways to Improve Your Company’s Culture
According to Fortune Management, America’s leading practice management company, the culture of your business can make a dramatic difference in your profits. An energized staff, along with a sound business plan, can take your company to the next level. If your profits aren’t where you’d like them to be, it may be time to take a look at the emotional state of your employees. Here are five ways that you can improve your company’s culture:
No one wants to go to work, only to sit chained to a desk all day, never seeing a smile or sharing a laugh. No matter how serious your business, allowing yourself and your employees to play at work can go a long way in improving the culture within your walls. You don’t have to hold bi-weekly Twister matches to give your employees a laugh, but you can post a funny cartoon or two on the refrigerator in the lounge. You can crack a friendly joke or share a humorous story now and again when you pass someone’s desk. Encourage your employees to have fun at work; if they see you enjoying yourself, they are likely to follow suit.
There may be nothing worse for working for a boss who doesn’t communicate well. You don’t have to adopt an open-door policy if it’s not suitable, but you do need to respond to questions and concerns in a timely manner. Make sure that your employees know that they can come to you, without judgment, if an issue arises. When you learn to communicate better, you become more approachable. When you’re more approachable, your employees will appreciate you more.
The art of gratitude is a dying one. While you should expect your employees to do the job that you are paying them for, don’t forget to say “thank you” along the way, and encourage your employees to thank each other. One great way to do this is to create a gratitude jar. Get an empty glass jar or bowl and set it in the break room. Put a pile of note cards next to the bowl and encourage your employees to write little thank you notes to each other. Have your employees place their notes in the bowl, and read aloud at the next staff meeting.
4.The Blame Game
It’s human nature to blame others when things go wrong. If the blame game is something that you excel at, try to rein yourself in. It’s trite, but true: There is no “I” in “team.” Share in the successes of your employees, but make sure you also share in the failures. Instead of admonishing your employees for mistakes, acknowledge them and help your employees discover a solution.
Whether you have a large staff or a small one, encourages socialization among your group. You can volunteer for a group as a decided upon charity, put a softball or bowling team together, or even hold company picnics in the summer. When your employees are friends outside of work, they are more likely to be friends inside of work. When you take part in these social activities, you will be seen as a real person, not just a boss.
When your employees work well together and enjoy coming to the office every day, they’ll be more productive. Productive employees can increase your bottom line with very little effort from you. Improving your company’s culture not only makes you a desirable employer, but a successful one as well.