On Company Culture: How To Improve Your Employees’ Well-Being At The Workplace
Let’s discuss the importance of nurturing company culture and try to outline some useful guidelines and tips.
When I established my company back in 2016, there was this one goal that I’ve decided to chase for as long as needed — establishing a positive and nurturing company culture.
If you are an entrepreneur or a business owner, I highly doubt you’ll be asking the question “Why?”. Anyone out there in this particular career niche realizes the importance of company and work culture and, by all means, tries to do everything in their power to improve it constantly.
The reality is this — in our most active years, we spend the majority of our awake hours at the office. With this being said, it’s only natural for all of us to want to spend those times in a positive, caring, and overall great environment so that we all can take care of both our professional growth and mental health. The truth is that more and more employees tend to leave jobs that simply rely on toxic environments and rude bosses.
I’m pretty sure you don’t want to fall on those lists.
How does great company culture benefit both the leaders and the employees
When we think of company culture, we refer to the way tasks are being assigned, communication between managers and employees, and the overall feeling when at the office.
If a company establishes a great work culture, its CEOs most certainly will soon observe growth in productivity, proactiveness, willingness to show up, and desire for improvements and constant upgrades.
Because people love feeling great. It’s just as simple as that.
Even if a company represents high-quality products and services and its name has been established as a pretty successful one in the business world, people would likely decline to work there for long if they find the environment toxic. As employees tend to pay attention to mental health now more than ever, it’s no surprise that the majority of them will prefer working at a smaller company that offers a great office environment.
When an employee feels happy, fulfilled, supported, understood, and heard, it’s quite possible they would quickly improve their work, keep their deadlines, show proactive tendencies, and improve their production techniques. This leads to happy leaders, happy managers, happy CEOs, and, essentially, happy customers.
How can a CEO improve their company’s work culture
Look, if you want to improve your company’s culture, then you should, by all means, say goodbye to that fearful and obnoxiously rude boss figure. Nobody likes them. Period. Besides, some of the best companies out there who have dazzling reputations amongst employees are more of a “team transformational leadership” fans. Go figure.
Here are some other tips for improving your company’s culture:
- hire professionals who perform an outstanding job so that you can get rid of micromanagement. Micromanagement ain’t cool.
- be an advocate for an uplifting mood when at the office
- express empathy when an employee is struggling and offer a day off — they’d appreciate it forever
- try to be consistent with your employees’ expectations — avoid changing work goals every three days since that’s incredibly frustrating
- don’t forget to be clear and to the point when assigning tasks. Remember that scene in “Devil wears Prada” when Miranda Priestly was like: “Buy that coffee table I saw in that magazine last Tuesday.” (I’m paraphrasing.) Don’t do that. Unless you are Meryl Streep. Then you can do whatever.
- engage with your employees in mutual fun activities — just recently my team and I went on a bowling game. Last week we had a Sweet Thursday with cakes and cupcakes. Heck, I’m even considering turning “Formal Mondays” into a thing since every day is informal at the office — what if someone wants to dress like Gatsby or Anna Karenina?
- respect your employees’ boundaries — imagine having an introvert in your team. Would you expect them to go to a karaoke party and grab the mic? Make sure each member of your team feels comfortable on their own terms.
- nurture an informal way of communication — if someone on my team calls me Mr. Popov just even once, I’ll be cringing till the end of time!
To wrap things up
Leading a successful company does not come to profits and revenues only. As a matter of fact, I believe your first goal should be ensuring a positive and great working environment for your employees. This way you’ll be one step closer to establishing a family and, man, this feeling is nowhere near money.
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