5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Strengthen Your Company’s Culture
Company culture is important. It’s important because:
- It helps boost your company’s reputation.
- Employees feel valued and work harder.
- Employees become advocates of the company.
- It increases employee retention.
- It can make it easier to hire new employees.
So, why do so many companies put off creating a warm and inviting company culture?
Building a company culture can take time.
Big changes, like removing hierarchies, and fostering trust, as well as encouraging personal connections between your employees, can take a lot of time, but strengthening your company’s culture doesn’t necessarily have to be so long winded.
There are things you can do right now to positively impact your company culture virtually overnight.
Ask for Employee Input
Employees like to feel heard. Unfortunately, most don’t feel like upper management cares what they have to say. Change all that by asking for employee input.
Surveys are an especially easy way to strengthen company culture. Craft a survey that is unique to your business and gauge exactly how your employees are feeling. Even if implementing their feedback takes a while, they’ll still be glad you asked. That makes them feel like valued members of the team, which will encourage them to give the next project their all.
Asking for input doesn’t necessarily have to be so formal. Stop by and chat with a customer-facing employee or ask a member of your team how they feel about the latest software update. Every question you ask takes you one step closer to the company culture you envision for your business.
Offer Flexible Hours
The nine-to-five job is dead, and yet so many businesses still cling to a traditional work schedule. Employees need time to schedule doctor’s appointments, take long weekends, and attend their child’s school events. Make it easier on them by offering flexible hours.
There are many benefits that come with offering flexible hours, and there are many ways to do it. For example:
- Allow employees to stack their hours to take an extra day off one week.
- Employees who leave early one day can stay late to make up the time later.
- Allow employees to work at home a few days a week.
Performance-based hours can work too. Allow workers to leave for the day when they get all their work done, even if it means they leave after six hours instead of eight hours.
Handle Conflicts as Soon as They Arise
Handling conflicts in the office isn’t easy. It isn’t uncommon for leaders and management to ignore potential problems hoping that they’ll go away. Unfortunately, this fosters the wrong kind of work environment.
Nip problems in the bud by handling conflicts as soon as they arise. Not only will it fix a small issue before it becomes a big problem, it also shows your employees that you’re serious about creating a comfortable, happy work atmosphere, even if it means dealing with a little unpleasantness every now and then.
Schedule Special Days into the Year
Going into work and doing the same thing day in and day out can be quite a bore. Not to mention, it doesn’t promote new innovations or ideas. Allow your employees to stretch their minds, enhance the business, and foster a better company culture by scheduling special days into the year.
A few ideas include:
- Volunteer days where the whole team participates.
- Innovation days where employees spend the day brainstorming new ideas for the business.
- Passion project days where employees work on any project they’re passionate about.
Fun days are an option too! Consider taking the team to the county fair one day or have games in the office so employees an unwind, have fun, and get to know each other on a more personal level.
If you really want to get your employees’ attention, offer unlimited vacation. Although it is more common with tech companies that work long hours, it can work for any business that sets up the program properly.
Are you expecting employees to take advantage of such a generous program? You’ll probably be surprised that they take less time off than you think. Unlimited vacation can help employees rest and relax at their own pace, but it also demonstrates your trust in their judgement. Most employees won’t break that trust.
Don’t think you have to wait around for months or even years to create the kind of workplace culture you envision for your office. You can get started right now with the quick tips on this list!