How strong is your work culture? Be honest because according to our Employee Engagement Report, work cultures correlate very strongly with employee happiness. The better your culture, the happier your employees are. And the happier your employees are, the more productive they become.
Not sure as to whether your company’s culture is a good one? Here are five signs that indicate you need to make moves to improve your culture immediately:
1. Your office was designed in 1973
You’re undoubtedly familiar with the changes in office design over the past few decades. Not only do companies like Google and Facebook have beautiful campuses with lots of open rooms, they also have things like nap pods.
Think about it: when’s the last time you gave your office space a face-lift? If it’s been awhile, or if you can’t remember the last time you updated anything, it’s probably safe to say your employees aren’t really super excited about coming to work each day. (They know about the offices at Google and Facebook, too, after all.) If your office looks like a time machine to the 1970s, it’s time for a redesign.
According to Lifehacker, well-designed offices can boost productivity by 20% — so what are you waiting for? Gather your employees’ thoughts, choose the right color schemes, and watch culture immediately improve.
2. Managers have offices; everyone else has cubicles
One thing you need to know about cubicles: the guy who designed them hated his invention. If your company is one in which all of the folks “who matter” have their own offices and all of the grunts are slaving away in cubicles, it’s time for an office rejig.
You might miss your old office. But your staff will be more productive in more natural environments, according to The Atlantic.
3. Work culture is never discussed
When your company interviews new candidates, do recruiters talk only about job responsibilities and never about culture? Do you ever overhear your team members talking about work culture?
Your answers to those questions should reveal quite clearly whether your organization has a culture problem.
Work is more than just assignments and responsibilities. Workers need a sense of purpose and a sense of camaraderie. If it doesn’t appear like much of either exists, it’s time to make revamping your culture a top priority.
4. Initiatives always come from the top
It’s true that most managers get to where they are because they’re great at what they do. But they are not the only smart people in any office.
If your organization’s new initiatives and ideas are always coming from the top, it’s time to reassess your work culture. Instead of trying to come up with every campaign in a closed-door managerial meeting, open the floor to all of your employees to see what kinds of ideas they have.
According to our report, fewer than 33% of workers feel as though they’re valued at their jobs. Simply asking your employees for their input can go a long way toward improving that statistic — which in turn strengthens culture.
5. Employees work constantly — for little reward
Does your staff routinely stay up into the wee hours of the night tackling assignments and answering emails? Unless you’re curing cancer — or your staff is extremely well-compensated — it’s time to figure out a way to take a significant amount of work off your employees’ plates. Give your team a reasonable workload — one that can be completed during normal working hours (for the most part).
You can’t expect your best and brightest employees to stick around if they’re routinely putting in 14-hour days. So how can you expect your business to grow?