3 aspects to focus on when developing your workplace culture
Developing a healthy workplace culture doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes time to cultivate, to encourage others to participate and to promote a good culture within the office or workplace. But what can be done to help lead the charge?
There are a number of ways in which you, as an employer, can do this. However, not all of these can be as easily implemented as others. So, we here at Glandore have sifted through some of our top picks and have narrowed down three simple aspects which you should focus on when developing your workplace culture.
1. Choose a ‘culture champion’ to lead the brigade
Leadership is key when implementing any new workplace scheme or structure. Allowing that responsibility to be taken on by an individual rather than by yourself as an employer will help to create a more natural approach to development.
A good leader sets the tone for their team to follow. They can drive productivity, look towards future targets and create a positive, inclusive atmosphere that will help motivate possibly tired teams and push for success.
It’s important to make sure that your assigned leader embodies all of the qualities which your business prides itself on. If you wish to develop a culture of ‘transparency’ or ‘teamwork’, then make sure your chosen champion is capable of conveying these principles to their team.
2. Communication, communication, communication
An ongoing stream of communication can only benefit your business. Touching base with your staff and knowing what’s going on, going wrong and going well, is necessary if you wish to create a positive workplace environment.
Regularly remind employees of your core company values. Help them understand the type of ethos you want your business to convey and why it’s so important.
The way in which you communicate with your team is up to you, but it might be worthwhile to look at adopting some modern communication software and other tools such as Asana, Slack and Yammer. These can allow for faster, more precise conversation amongst team members.
If done right, your core values will spread to your employees with ease along with the type of culture you wish to see in your business.
3. Provide regular feedback and reward success where it’s deserved
Do your employees know how they’re doing? If not, then how would you expect them to progress their capabilities in your workplace?
Providing regular, constructive feedback can encourage a healthier learning structure than what may be already in place. Rewarding improvement and group success is a simple way of achieving consistent results and maintaining an encouraging staff morale.
Josh Bersin, Deloitte’s leading HR analyst, once conducted a survey on the topic of employee recognition. Bersin found that companies who scored in the top 20% for building a recognition-rich workplace culture actually had 31% lower voluntary turnover rates.
Employees who are actively involved in their workplace culture tend to be happier and more content with their job than those who are not.