Running a company is about more than just crunching the numbers. Too often, a business will have an underlying set of values that is not overtly expressed to their team. It has been found that an effort must be made toward creating a corporate culture which is positive, conducive to nurturing talent, and rewarding of team members’ efforts.
We are going to go over some of the ways that management and team leaders can achieve this.
It will be of use to you to sit down and to write out the values that you want to instil in those who work for you. The bottom line is very important, but the manner in which that end is reached is of even greater importance. The less you leave to chance, the greater likelihood that your employees will know exactly what is expected of them. Communicate your expectations to your staff via memos and workplace training modules, and find opportunities to reinforce desirable behaviour.
Lead by Example
Your corporate philosophies will best be followed when your staff see you living them day in and day out. The more you spend time with them, the greater opportunity they have to observe you in different situations. When people see you as a person of integrity, they are very likely to trust you and to look up to you. Your leadership will be solidified by your consistent demonstration of what you say you believe.
Hire Based on Your Stated Mission
The philosophies and goals that you’ve outlined and have strived to live by must be exemplified in those that become a part of your team. You should be upfront in your advertising that you are looking for a certain type of person, so that you will attract those with the right temperament. By hiring those from the outset that will reflect your company’s goals, you will be setting yourself up for success from the start.
Host Special Events
A great way to create an enjoyable and upbeat company atmosphere is to go to summer corporate events together. These are an opportunity to take a break and to have some fun. There are a variety of activities that you can engage in, whether it’s a sporting event or musical entertainment. This is a chance to get outside while showing your employees that you truly value their contributions.
Provide Examples to Follow
Along with providing the example of yourself, you may want to highlight staff members who have shown an unusual adherence to your desire of having a positive company culture. You can have a special award that you present and a recommendation process that involves other co-workers nominating someone observed going above and beyond in their day-to-day work. This will add the element of surprise and will provide the added encouragement of knowing their peers also appreciate them.
Know What to Avoid
A business owner can sometimes fall prey to the temptation of putting profits ahead of maintaining a healthy company culture. They may be desirous of hiring the bad-tempered person who is known to produce great results. They may also hesitate to discipline a manager whose attitude sours those of the people around him or her. The outcome may be that a single person’s productivity will not outshine their effect to the overall mood of your company.
In order to maintain a good environment within, all must be willing to play their part.by