Workplace Culture: How to Create the Best
It is more than easy to understand what employers want from their employees, however, it is way too often that an employer forgets what their employees seek in order to gain loyalty and long-term trust. In this blog, you can find out how to create the best workplace culture.
I strongly believe that you will only get 110% effort out of your employees if you truly value, respect and appreciate them. Every employee and member of any team/organisation has got to feel appreciated for them to trust and commit to you and the firm. This is a key element to any company’s success and growth.
As an employer, ask yourself the following questions:
1. When did you last publicly congratulate a team member?
2. What do you do to show appreciation for your staff?
3. Are your employees there to do a 9-5 job and go home, or are they on a journey with you?
4. Are your employees paid fairly, so the concept of money is taken off the table?
5. Does your employees coached, developed, and supported?
6. Do you take action on their feedback and thoughts, do you seek them and value it?
7. Do you know what’s in it for them, why they come to work, and what they want out of it?
All firms must ensure the leadership team review these points, in order to maximise our staff relationships and commitment. When people feel support, their happiness at work is contagious and therefore lifts the energy of the environment. Not only does this improve the company’s success, but it further strengthens different departments, company ethics and work cultures. It’s an instant win-win situation for both employers and employees.
When we hire people, we automatically introduce them to our company culture, and ethics, and everyone runs at a million miles an hour. Do you stop to clarify questions, rumours and mindset, do you make it easier for people to approach you?
More often than not, relationships are much stronger when the employer makes themselves readily accessible and approachable.
Communication is imperative to ANY relationship. Whether you are communicating via email, phone, or WhatsApp, it is so important to communicate.
Employees will deal better with issues if they can communicate with their leaders, current problems will get solved much quicker, projects will be completed efficiently, and these all work together to create healthy relationships.
Getting to know your employees and helping them understand your preferred method of contact and your communication and leadership style is extremely empowering.
Let your employees in
Helping your employees understand the vision of your company is key, however ensuring they understand the journey everyone is on and the reasons why they do what they do each day, will make everyone feel extremely valued.
There is no better relationship than that where everybody understands the role each member is playing and why.
Be transparent and whether things are going great or you find yourself in a not-so-great position, tell them. Share everything, transparency is everything. It will drive the overall performance of the group.
Your leadership style is vital. Whilst a “leader” will always have more power than their employees, it is super important that leaders do not hold this over their team members. This can cause disappointment and weaken the strongest of relationships. Never forget that before anything, you are a team.
Remember Managers make the decisions and inform their employees, Leaders brainstorm with their teams and ensure they come to a mutually beneficial decision. Whilst the decision may not always be in favour of the employee, having the opportunity and inclusion means a lot, and will strengthen the trust.
When building a relationship with your team members, remember:
1. Get to know your team members and ensure they know you.
2. Do not neglect them.
3. Be open about your goals, vision and company mission – You are on this journey together.
4. Communicate – be approachable and accessible at all times.
5. Be the leader your people need you to introduce a workplace culture you would shout about!
About Mike Coady
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