The Importance of Creating a Positive Company Culture
Why is it Valuable to Have a Positive Work Environment?
For decades society viewed corporate life from a negative stance. Many in the past underestimated the power of a positive work environment. The work hard and live later ethos is thankfully beginning to die out.
Society has realised that you can be happy for the third of your life that you spend at work. In fact, a 2021 Gallup study found that positive company culture is responsible for 21% more profit and 17% more productivity. Many modern leaders believe that your company culture can differentiate between making it or failing.
What is Company Culture?
Your company culture is not something that can be stipulated or written down. It is less tangible, like the feeling that your employees get when they arrive in the morning.
The culture of a company or organisation informs everything linked to the company. Your organisational values, behaviours, and procedures all stem from your culture. It is not static and constantly evolves and develops with time and growth.
How do you Work Towards a Positive Corporate Culture?
Developing a welcoming and happy work environment does require some work. The key to creating a positive culture is to know what it looks and feels like.
As an executive or manager, if you dislike certain things within the company, your employees probably share that feeling.
There are certain things you can focus on to improve your company culture.
Foster a Feeling of Employee Appreciation
Employees that feel valued work harder and stay in their jobs longer. It is a tragedy to lose talented people because they feel under-appreciated.
Make celebrating meeting targets or achieving career milestones part of your company life.
Mentorship over Leadership
Having the correct leadership approach is crucial to your work environment. Seek to be the leader employees look up to and foster this in your company management staff.
Gone are the days of micromanaging and negative reinforcement. Try to concentrate on mentoring your staff rather than dictating to them. If you have the time, one-on-one meetings with employees and open communication have encouraging results.
Accountability and Taking Ownership
At Focus Rooms, one of our practices is for everyone to think like a CEO. We find that this encourages the team to work towards what’s best for the business.
Ensuring that your staff have a vested interest in the company leads to a sense of accountability. If every staff member takes ownership of their daily functions, they commit more to work. People also tend to be happier if they feel their contributions matter.
Stress the Value of Growth
Everyone needs room to grow and opportunities to do so. Creating learning and training programs in your company is crucial.
Employees that feel they are progressing within the organisation are less likely to look for positions elsewhere.
It’s All About Balance
In the old corporate culture, we were all expected to be machines and taking a sick day was frowned upon. Don’t fall into this trap, your employees’ well-being matters. A healthy work-life balance is essential to maintaining a healthy workforce.
Remind your staff that you care about and value their health mentally and physically. Implement procedures that make people comfortable with taking reasonable time off when needed. It’s also vital to be the change you wish to see in them. They will be more open to exercising and mental health practices if you are in the habit of doing it yourself.
Never Underestimate the Power of Connection
Human beings cannot live in isolation. The state of the world and the development of technology can separate us from each other if we let it.
Enhance your employees’ feelings of connection to each other. When people feel connected, their collaborative skills are far more effective.
The Importance of Good Leaders
Having a company leader that employees trust makes a world of difference. Someone who leads by example and harbours staff trust automatically develops positive company culture.
Coaching your employees and engaging with them is far more effective than playing the gatekeeper. A leader connected to their team is in touch with the work environment. This allows them to take corrective steps swiftly and effectively when needed.
Value Your Company Culture Over Your Bottom Line
Have you ever heard the saying, “take care of the pennies, and the pounds will take care of themselves”? Well, the same applies to your bottom line.
Placing more value on your employees than your revenue positively affects your bottom line. Valued staff work harder and better, meaning improved output and increased profit.
How Your Work Atmosphere Affects Your Customers
You may have noticed the welcoming atmosphere if you’ve ever visited us at Focus Rooms. We take pride in our work as a collective team. This has proven to be an excellent stance for us. We believe that if we look after each other, we can look after you better. It’s just one example of how a positive company culture works wonders.
Are you looking to take the first step in improving your work environment? Book a team building event or strategy meeting with us and see us in action. We proudly put our money where our mouth is.