Culture can make or break any organization.
On the one end, you have strong cultures, which are characterized by camaraderie, happiness, and supportiveness. On the other end, you have toxic cultures, which are characterized by dread, weariness, and misery.
Happy employees are productive ones. If you want to continue growing your company and delivering great products and services to your customers, you’d be wise to focus on strengthening your company culture to make your office a more enjoyable place to be. Here are six easy ways to do that.
01. Welcome your new hires warmly
First impressions matter. Make sure your staff and managers warmly welcome your new hires when they begin their jobs. Take them around the office to introduce them to their colleagues. Pair them with a partner they can turn to with any questions. Schedule a team lunch so that your rookies can get to know their new colleagues in a more informal setting. Do everything you can to ensure new hires feel like they are part of the family on day one.
02. Recognize your employees’ hard work
It’s not exactly encouraging to work hard every day and have no one ever take notice. According to a recent study, 58% of employees believe that they would be more engaged if their boss recognized their hard work. So make sure you compliment your staff and recognize their efforts when it’s appropriate to do so. Drawing a blank as to how to do it? Check out these 18 ideas.
03. Invest in professional development
Today’s workers care a great deal about being given a chance to develop new skills and learn new things at work. Yet according to our Engagement Report, only 25% of employees feel as though their organizations offer adequate opportunities for professional development. Devote ample resources to professional development to prove to your employees that you care about their career trajectories.
04. Utilize pulse surveys
The easiest way to figure out how your employees feel about certain initiatives or whether they’re stressed out by their workloads is by asking them directly. Unfortunately, not every employee feels comfortable speaking their mind to their manager — especially when they have negative feedback to relay. By utilizing pulse surveys, employees can anonymously share their thoughts and feelings with their superiors on a frequent basis. Organizations can then use that information to improve their cultures. To learn more about how pulse surveys helped strengthen Limeade’s culture, check this out.
05. Remember your workers’ birthdays
Never underestimate the power of a simple “happy birthday!” Put together a list of your employees’ birthdays and acknowledge their special days. If you feel like it, give them a small present as a token of appreciation.
06. Schedule team-building activities regularly
As noted in our Engagement Report, coworkers are the number one thing employees like about their jobs. But not every worker gets to know all of their colleagues as well as they get to know the people they work with every day. Show your staff how much you care about building a tight-knit team by scheduling team-building activities often. Can’t figure out which kinds of events your employees would benefit from the most? This comprehensive list of team-building activities should inspire you.
After you’ve strengthened your company culture, you need to maintain it. One of the easiest ways to do that is by hiring for culture fit.
By building and maintaining a vibrant culture, your company ceases to be simply a place to work and transforms into a place employees look forward to going to each morning. As a result, your workforce is more productive and your customers are happier. How does that sound?
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