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Creating a Company Culture that Listens and Acts

A company's culture often defines its productivity, reputation, and work environment. Leaders and HR professionals recognize the need for a robust culture where communication isn't just encouraged, it thrives—where every voice is heard and actioned upon. This post will outline practical steps to create a culture imbued with listening and responsiveness at its core.


The importance of an engaged company culture, Master Happiness with Marty Jalove

The Importance of an Engaged Company Culture

In an environment where employees feel their ideas and concerns are valued, there is a collective drive towards innovation and improvement. For managers, team leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees, nurturing such a culture means fostering a space of trust and mutual respect.


Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Listenable Culture

  1. Initiate Open Communication Channels Regularly invite your team to engage in open dialogue. This could be through weekly meetings, suggestion boxes, or digital platforms where thoughts can be expressed freely.

  2. Cherish Employee Input When staff members contribute ideas, make sure they feel acknowledged. Recognizing contributions reinforces a sense of belonging and loyalty.

  3. The B.A.C.O.N. Meeting Model Download the BACON Worksheet HERE

    1. B - Big Picture: When you start your meeting, engage with the team about their feelings and motivation. Gauge their morale and show that their state of mind matters.

    2. A - Action Steps: Based on the 'Big Picture' phase, decide how to maintain positive momentum and address any dips.

    3. C - Concerns and Solutions: Open the floor for employees to share what they're observing internally, and encourage them to suggest improvements.

    4. O - Other Stuff: Engage your team's perspective on market tendencies, competitor strategies, and customer feedback. Remind them that they are your most valuable informants.

    5. N - Notable Wins: End on a high note —celebrate both personal and team wins to reinforce positive reinforcement and recognition.

  4. Provide Immediate Feedback: When employees step forward with their opinions:

    1. If it's actionable now, commend the suggestion and implement it.

    2. If it's for the future, explain why it's worth waiting and ensure its revisited.

    3. If it doesn't align with company values, express gratitude for their initiative and encourage continual dialogue. An idea that's acknowledged—even if not immediately implemented—strengthens two-way communication channels.


I'm here to listen, Master Happiness with Marty Jalove

Adopting a culture that listens and acts is not an overnight transformation, but with consistent effort, it can be done. Make these steps a part of your organizational routine. Remember, a culture that engages with its workforce is more than just a pleasant environment—it's a strategic asset. Your company comes alive when everyone, from interns to CEOs, feels that their voice has power. And as a leader, when you listen and act, the message is clear: Every member of the team is pivotal to the company's success.


 
Creating a Company Culture that Listens and Acts

If you are having a difficult time in starting and continuing meaningful employee conversations, download the BACON Meeting Worksheet and use it as an outline for purposeful conversations. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD


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Marty Jalove of Master Happiness is a Corporate Coach, Business Consultant, and Marketing Strategist that helps small businesses, teams, and individuals find focus, feel fulfilled, and have fun. Master Happiness stresses the importance of realistic goal setting, empowerment, and accountability in order to encourage employee and customer engagement and retention.

 

The secret is simple: Happy Employees attract Happy Customers and Happy Customers come back with Friends.

 

Learn more about Master Happiness at www.MasterHappiness.com or www.WhatsYourBacon.com

 

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