No matter where you turn, everyone is talking about company culture. The funny thing is, even with so much chatter, not every business owner knows how to cultivate one. Company culture isn’t about offering free snacks or bottomless happy hours. It’s about how your employees feel about you and the company overall. However, knowing how to create the right type of company culture doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a work in progress, which will ebb and flow. Below are some steps to help you get started.
You Know Who You Are
Creating your company’s culture starts with you and the values you set forth. According to Liberationist, you shouldn’t assume employees know what a company’s values are. As their leader, it’s your job to educate your staff about your vision, where you see the company in the future, and what role you want them to play. Your employees need to feel that what they do is important for both the success of the company and for them as well. As such, you need to set the stage. Make your staff feel like they’re more than just employees building your dream. They need to know that their contribution is important, both professionally and personally.
You Retain Talent
According to Culture IQ, when employees feel valued at work, they tend to want to stay long-term. However, less-than-ideal work environments are usually the reason employees leave. Creating a positive company culture also ensures that you retain the best of the best. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to remain in positions where they are happy, even if they aren’t receiving as many benefits as they may want. It’s about your workers about being happy in the workplace and feeling that they have a purpose.
In addition to retaining top talent, creating a positive company culture can also increase productivity. According to Snacknation, happy employees want to put their best foot forward, which means even when they are assigned tasks outside the realm of their normal duties, most are happy to help out. Not having a solid company culture usually has the reverse effect. Working in a toxic environment or one that has little to no company culture doesn’t encourage employees to go the extra mile.
Your employees are the backbone of your business. Without them, there is no business. Get to know your employees on a personal level and find ways to make them feel valued and appreciated. In no time at all, your business will flourish.
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