What’s the company culture like at your organization? While individual teams can have sub-cultures of their own, company culture is always informed by your larger company values, mission, and goal. But… where do you start?
Company culture is never a one-size-fits-all solution, but there are some easy, actionable steps you can take today to improve your company culture, both in the short and long term.
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#1. Embrace Transparency
Transparency isn’t just positive for employees. The effects of a transparent company culture impact the entire organization and produce highly engaged employees. Trust is truly the foundation of a great company culture. If you want an open and transparent company culture, your first step should be ensuring that your team has the modern communication and collaboration tools to do so.
Outdated communication tools can be a major barrier to transparency, especially if you’re working across different offices and remote employees. It’s imperative that your team has an easy and efficient way to connect with one another and to share crucial information.
#2. Recognize And Reward Valuable Contributions
Did you know that companies that emphasize having a recognition-rich culture also tend to have dramatically lower turnover rates? Employees who don’t feel recognized are twice as likely to quit their job in a year, while the top 20% of companies with a recognition-rich culture have a 31% lower turnover rate.
Employee recognition doesn’t have to come exclusively from the top. It’s often even more impactful when recognition comes from all around—from leaders, from peers, from everyone. Peer recognition is the most effective method of infusing recognition into your culture.
#3. Cultivate Strong Coworker Relationships
Having strong relationships at work drives employee engagement, but it doesn’t happen automatically. Building strong coworker relationships takes time, effort, and sometimes, dedicated team-building activities.