Companies with positive cultures reap the rewards of efficiency, employee wellbeing and happiness. Building a great culture takes time and isn’t always easy but here are a few tips to help you on your journey.
Establish goals and direction – For culture to thrive, it’s important that everyone, including management are on the same page. Clear expectations of the company’s goals, values and direction should be communicated and employees should be motivated to stay true to these values.
Encourage friendship – Relationships in the office are proven to support engagement and employee happiness. Studies have shown that people who’ve formed close relationships at work are 7 times more likely to be engaged in their job than those that didn’t. Encouraging teamwork, hosting social events, celebrating birthdays and providing casual breakout spaces for staff to bond are key.
Create the right environment – Ergonomic chairs, practical desking and comfortable breakout furniture provide the foundations for staff to work efficiently and happily. The layout of your furniture can also play an important role in company culture, ensuring that teams that often work together are placed together so that they can collaborate easily.
Embrace Autonomy - Empower your staff and trust them to manage their responsibilities effectively. Allowing staff to have the ability to decision make, take initiative and be accountable for their work can be incredibly rewarding and great leap towards a positive culture.
Recognise valuable contributions – Openly sharing the successes of your company and its employees can provide a great motivation boost for the team. Recognising and rewarding people for their valuable contributions has powerful effects on workplace culture and also has a positive impact on staff turnover.