A strong company culture lies at the heart of any successful business. Regardless of how skilled or intelligent your employees may be at their role, if you can’t get people to WANT to come into work and work alongside their fellow co-workers, your business will never reach its full potential. This becomes even harder when your employees are working from home. After being around countless businesses across a variety of industries, I have seen firsthand how company culture can make or break the success of a company. In my opinion, here are the TOP 3 things that you can do to improve your business's culture:
1. Everyone Should Be On The Same Page
I can’t tell you how important it is to do this, yet for some reason so many people in management positions ignore it. When you come into work, you should be able to ask any person in the room what the goals of the business are. Of course, specific goals can vary depending on position and value within the company, however, everyone should know the broad short-term and long-term goals that you are trying to achieve. This way, people come into the office everyday with a clear purpose for what they are trying to accomplish. Keeping a routine can really help you stay on the same page as well.
2. Acknowledge Value
If you thought that your job wasn’t important, would that make you more or less motivated to put your best effort into it? Less, of course. Nobody wants to feel as though what they are doing doesn’t matter. As part of the management team, it is your job to not just tell people they matter, but to show them WHY they are crucial to the company. Why specifically do they need to be here right now doing exactly the task they are doing? If you don’t have an answer to this question, what are they doing their in the first place? I guarantee that if you can show your employees that they matter in regards to accomplishing the company goals, your business will be more successful and more productive than if you hadn’t.
3. Encourage Collaboration
Ever heard the saying two heads are better than one? Well it’s true! We accomplish far more both physically and mentally working in a team than we ever could individually. Some businesses foster an environment where competition is the only way to survive, and this is something that I will never understand. Why wouldn’t you want your brightest minds working together to create a solution for your problems? When people feel they are in competition with their co-workers, this will dramatically impact how willing they are to work together and lend a helping hand to one another. One way to improve rapport amongst employees is to take advantage of tech platforms such as QBuddy. This is a great way to help co-workers get to know one another past just where they got their degree, and helps form an environment that says “we’re on the same team, not against each other”.