Corporate Culture is something every company has, whether intentional or not. It’s the defining characteristics and values of an organization. It’s reflected in the actions, attitudes, and behaviors of the people who work there. Corporate Culture is a vital component of a company's success. If the culture is toxic or unaligned, it can lead to negative outcomes such as high employee turnover, decreased productivity, and low morale. As a business owner or manager, you must focus on constructing a healthy and productive culture that supports a positive workplace environment. To help you with this, here are five ways to ensure that you and your employees are on the same track.
Define Your Corporate Culture
The first step in ensuring that you and your employees are on the same track is to articulate your company's core values. Identify what you want the company to be known for and create a mission statement. Ask yourself what type of culture you want to create and what traits you want your employees to have. All of these will serve as the foundation for setting company culture.
Hire the Right People
Once you have defined your company's culture, hiring the right people is essential in keeping the culture strong. Make sure you look beyond the resume or the LinkedIn profile and take notice of their values and attitudes. Ask them situational questions that reflect your company's values and see how they respond. This helps identify that they are the right fit for your company culture.
Hold Everyone Accountable
Ensure that you are holding yourself and your team accountable for maintaining the company culture. Monitor and give feedback on how everyone is upholding your company's mission, values, and goals. Create a protocol that actively assesses cultural misalignment issues and provide effective means of addressing these problems when they arise.
Encourage OPEN Communication
Clear communication is essential to create a positive workplace culture. It is critical to encourage employees to communicate their ideas, opinions, and feedback. Make sure to provide multiple modes of communication such as emails, team forums, or interactive feedback sessions in a safe and non-threatening manner. This helps to ensure that everyone is on the same understanding and working towards the same goal.
Celebrate Company Culture
Lastly, it is vital to celebrate your company's culture! It's an opportunity to recognize employees that embody the company's values. For instance, you can highlight employees by recognizing them with awards or incentive programs. This could be as simple as recognizing an employee during a stand-up meeting. Emphasizing key company tenets is a uniting moment that helps to reinforce your company's culture.
Corporate culture is a crucial component in every company's success. Developing a healthy and productive culture requires thoughtful planning. Once you have defined your company's culture and hired the right people, it is essential to keep everyone accountable, communicate transparently, and celebrate culture. These five ways of ensuring you and your team are on the same track will help you cultivate a positive and engaging workplace that drives your company's success. Take the time to implement and maintain the health of your corporate culture, and you will watch your business thrive.
These are just 5 of the many ways to ensure that when it comes to Corporate Culture, You and Your Team are on the Same Track.
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 engagement and retention.
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