Whether you’re a remote IT company, or an office-based organization, creating a positive work culture is crucial to your business’s success. At the core of any successful company is a compatible team who can work together to deliver maximum results and high productivity.
But unfortunately, now more than ever, toxic work environments are leading to low morale, and even forcing people to leave companies. In fact, nearly 40% of employees say they lower their standard of productivity in a toxic work environment, with an additional 12% saying they’ve left jobs due to toxic work cultures.
When a company has a positive company culture, there’s a boost in creativity, productivity, and innovation — leading to higher quality solutions. If your mission is to grow your company, you must take the right steps to create an ideal work environment — both for you and for your employees. Here’s what you should know.
1. Be Open With Communication
When it comes to building an ideal work environment for your employees, understanding your workers’ needs, aspirations, and future goals is critical. Your employees should believe they can be transparent with their thoughts or concerns.
When team members don’t feel they can be open, the workplace becomes very toxic, very quickly. The flow of communication stops, and employees feel fail to understand company goals and what’s expected of them, leading to lower productivity and work repetition.
Since not every employee is the same, getting to know each individual’s strengths and weaknesses will increase engagement, efficiency, and future success in the company.
For company leaders, this means actively listening, understanding the different communication styles of each employee, scheduling check-ins, and weekly meetings, and offering constructive feedback.
2. Offer Flexibility
Both large and small, employers can benefit from offering employees a healthy, flexible workplace. This means providing the right tools and resources for employees to complete their job, taking new ideas for trial runs, offering training options for newer employees, and checking in routinely via emails, texts, or other messenger applications.
Additionally, having a performance-driven work culture will help drive successful outcomes. Instead of focusing solely on inputs and processes, look to manage outcomes and results of projects.
This is help set the right motivation amongst employees, and they’ll be more incentivized to increase productivity, sharpen their skills, strengthen their potential, and promote personal growth, which will ultimately promote company growth.
3. Unleash Creativity
With the rise of technological advancement, the demand for creativity from employees is growing as a result. For your company to be successful, you must give your employees time and space to think creatively.
Employees will be more willing to take risks, think out of the box, and offer new ideas. While developing this type of culture takes time, you can start by helping your management team be more open-minded to the opinions and suggestions of employees.
Understand that each individual is different, with varying ideas. Forcing a uniform, the agreeable team leaves little room to unleash creativity. Instead, look for candidates with unique backgrounds and experiences, organize informal meetings between departments to interchange thoughts, and offer more freedom in project criteria.
By offering greater space for creativity to flourish, your employees will have a whole new direction to harness their creative selves and bring out their business skills in a unique way, generating a more positive work environment.
4. Define Leadership Style
Consider what kind of leadership style defines your workplace environment. Do your employees consider your management to be controlling, strict, or belittling? If so, there’s little room for optimal productivity in the workplace.
A strong leadership style deals with more than just a leader’s behaviors when managing, guiding, and directing groups of people; you should ensure your team feels motivated, inspired, and encouraged to work to fulfill company goals and visions.
But before you define your leadership style, you should first understand what they are, and how you would implement them. The style of leadership you choose varies on your company size, goals, and values.
Knowing and understanding your leadership style can help you become a more effective leader to your employees. Whether your team or large or small, your style heavily influences how your workers view you, which determines how well they will work together to achieve company goals.
5. Recognize Hard Work
Perhaps the simplest way to create a more ideal work environment for your company is by showing recognition where it’s due. When an employee goes above and beyond to complete a project, express your gratitude. Even a brief “thank you” can go a long way, as long as it’s sincere.
In the unfortunate case of many companies, managers often take credit for work completed by their employees. It’s difficult for a team to stay motivated when they don’t receive any glory for their efforts. When an employee sees a boss express true gratitude for a job well done, they feel more valued and motivated to exceed future expectations.
Additionally, you should be ready to celebrate major milestones. Whether it’s a solo effort complete by one individual, or achieved by an entire team of employees, it’s important to take a moment and commend them for their notable achievements.
6. Offer More of a Work-Life Balance
Today, many workers struggle with achieving work-life balance. Each employee has jobs to fulfill outside the workplace, such as family needs, self-growth, and other personal aspects. By offering a greater sense of balance, your employees will feel more comfortable in other areas of their life, which will directly affect how well they perform at work.
Ask workers about their work-life balance needs. While you, a company leader, might have an idea of what work-life balance looks like, an employee, perhaps a single parent, might have a completely different idea.
You can also educate your employees on work-life balance by offering tools or hosting seminars to teach them to identify when they might be reaching burnout. Then, you can work with them to create more flexible schedules, adjust work hours, and determine when and how they work most productively.
It’s important to remember that a company’s culture is derived from the people working there. As a company leader, using these six methods will help you boost morale, inspire and motivate employees, and work together to create a more ideal work environment.
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