The term “company culture” is many things, but in simplest terms it is the personality of the company.
“Culture unleashes the power and energy of every individual in the organization,” said Manish Goel, a board member of Aerospike Inc. “No matter how much work is put into developing strategies, all have to work in an environment where they feel they can succeed and are supported. A great culture … has to be fostered.”
way, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, once said, “If you are lucky
enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure
people do look forward to coming to work in the morning.”
Six Tips For Improving or Maintaining Culture
1. Remove hierarchies.
If your management team is seen by employees as being behind closed doors or rarely seen, employees can easily begin to think in terms of “them” vs “us.” Approachable managers make communication a two-way street that, in turn, yields positive impacts and builds a sense of teamwork.
2. Handle conflict immediately.
Conflicts are a part of life, but good managers are strong communicators. They have made mistakes, were willing to admit them, and grew from them. In turn, their attitude can show employees that conflicts or mistakes can be a learning opportunity. How you handle conflict can build loyalty, lines of support, and communication that will serve you well in the future.
3. Empower and trust.
When you have built a good team, trust them. Employees who know they have your trust will rarely disappoint you. You have shown them your word is your bond; give them the opportunity to show you the same.
4. Offer flexibility.
Employees rate flextime, telecommuting and other opportunities to engage in work-related activities in new ways. Explore ways to offer these options that will bolster morale, all while assuring work is done on time.
5. Encourage team building and connection.
Social or cause-related activities can be offered throughout the year and can be excellent opportunities to build cohesion and organizational pride.
6. Have one unified culture.
Determining what any business culture should look like is a complex task that employees are well suited for; therefore, ask them directly what they like most about the company and what they like least. By doing this, management can then gain a sense of direction for reinforcing positives and finding solutions for the negatives.
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