The words “corporate culture have become the buzzwords in the 21st-century workplace. It’s likely that creating a positive company culture is even a goal of yours. But do you really know what that means? Many company bosses don’t, and this is unfortunate. Knowing what kind of culture you want is key to creating it. You can’t create it if you don’t know what it is or should be.
If you fall into this category and are wanting to make a change in your workplace culture, the following four ideas will help you create a great workplace culture.
- Start at the Beginning
Do you know what the earmarks of a good company culture is? if you don’t, you’ll probably miss the mark when it comes to creating the culture you desire. As an article on Forbes.com pointed out, company bosses need to define what kind of company culture they’d like to see. They must then define what are acceptable patterns of behavior for creating that culture. They must also promote and reinforce those values.
Until they do that, the results will be mixed at best because most people in the organization will not really have an understanding of what’s expected of them. If you suspect that the failings in your company culture has to do with employee ignorance, it’s time to get everyone on the same page. Tools like an employee engagement survey will tell you how your employees view your company.
- Make Course Corrections
If, after you’ve conducted your survey, you discover that your team doesn’t really understand what kind of company culture they’re working in, it’s time to make a course correction. The way to do that is to communicate the company values to your employees. This could be through a series of trainings.
It certainly should be also by example. You can’t expect your employees to adhere to a company culture that you yourself don’t believe in. You may also find that you have to repeat your message multiple times for it to sink in. Be mindful of the fact that you are asking people to make changes. New habits take time to develop.
- Start Anew
Of course, there is an unfortunate side effect of this course correct. You’re going to find that not all employees are a fit. Some of the time, you may find that you will lose those employees because they have decided to move on in light of the changes you make in your corporate culture.
However, this doesn’t need to be the negative that it has been made out to be. The Harvard Business Reviewreminds business leaders that their best employees aren’t always the ones who are the most capable for the job. They are the right people for the job at the moment.
Talk to the employees who fit into this category. Discuss their career goals with them. If possible, help them find a new position, either with your company or with another. It’s best to keep it positive. You’ll feel better about it and so will they.
- New Hires Can Make a Difference
Once you’ve defined and developed your company culture, it’s time to take some more proactive steps, including hiring new people. As the Kiss Metrics blog suggests, it’s always easier to get the right employee if you start with the right employee.
And once you know what kind of culture you are aiming for, it’ll be easier to find the right employees because you’ll be asking the right questions. You’ll have a mental model of the type of employee you need because you’ve finally defined what your company culture should look like.
Creating a strong company culture starts with knowing what kind of culture you want to create. Once you’ve defined this, it’ll be easier to ask employees to adhere to the culture because they have a more solid idea of what that is. Finally, there are long-term rewards for going through this process. The employees you hire after you define your company culture will be a better fit because you know what kind of person will fit.
by: Mikkie Mills