5 Ways To Improve Corporate Culture
You’ve probably heard the famous Peter Drucker quote “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Alongside your corporate strategy you should be investing in employee experience, because a business is only as good as the people that are running it. To truly unlock your organization’s potential you need to have a healthy culture that is conducive to growth. Here are 5 ways you can improve corporate culture within your organization.
Communication is essential to building a strong corporate culture. Poor communication throughout the organization can be detrimental to culture and overall organization performance. A good practice to put in place is to communicate early and often. Without consistent and clear communication, people will become disconnected to the point where they may start pulling in different directions. Block time for check ins, stand ups, peer reviews, and use tools like Slack to keep everyone in the loop.
Working as a team will improve collaboration, innovation, and performance. It’s very satisfying when your entire team is rowing in the same direction. It gives everyone a sense that they are creating value. To foster a culture of teamwork, offer team building exercises, workshops, offsite meetings, retreats. As your team becomes more connected, they will be able to solve some of your organization’s greatest challenges together.
Don’t Manufacture Culture
Don’t introduce the “cool culture starter pack” of ping pong tables and happy hours and assume you will have a culture that retains quality talent. These are definitely attractive benefits, and they certainly contribute to a fun work environment, but a culture is much more about your values and overall purpose. Focus on creating a lasting impact, and let those values guide every decision you make. Staying true to a mission and purpose will create a culture that not only attracts but also retains talented people that share those values and want to accomplish the mission.
It Starts With Leadership
Your core team/founding team is going to set the tone for the culture of your organization. Lead by example and practice the behaviour that you want your employees to embody. The way you treat your employees, the way you treat your customers, the way you treat the community, these are the way your people are going to conduct themselves too. All of these decisions combine to reflect the culture of your organization.
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