There’s a reason why Google has assigned a real job profile called “Chief Cultural Officer” who is responsible for Google’s cultural activities and keeping employees happy. When working in a small startup or a big MNC, it is extremely vital to pay attention to the work culture that is present in the firm. There may be one simple mantra that every employee follows or a particular strategy/ game plan the culture is based upon. Striving towards loyalty or meeting target goals may keep your employees happy but it is important to have a healthy culture that will help your employees grow. A good culture is a balanced act between various elements of a business and requires careful execution at every level. Here are some ways one can have a healthy work culture-
Learn From Your Past
If you’re a first time founder with your own company, spend good time on building a good work culture. Take insights from your previous organizations, what you liked as an employee and the changes you wanted to bring about.
Always Believe In Your Core Values
You’ve spent nights on building your dream business, you’re the driving force. And there is only one way you are successful today; it is all due to the beliefs you have. Think about what you believe in, what values you have imbibed and what core principles you want your company to be based on. Create that balance between your values and your work. Do you believe in work all day and party all night? Then hire people who share the same values.
Work On Your Communication
Talk with each other, share ideas and give your employees a space to talk freely without fear. Let them voice their opinions. Give your employees the power to be themselves. If they believe they can express themselves openly, without any repercussion, that’s when they’ll truly grow.
Loosen Up a Bit & Have Fun
A little fun never goes wrong. The definition of fun may differ from industry to industry, but there are always ways to engage employees in fun activities. Hosting games and events that do not involve work will also go a long way. Just give your employees the freedom to relax.
Focus on Unity
Forget that there are 300 employees and 10 departments; when parts of the same company, always emphasize on the fact that you are one team. Work on the motto of “Swim together, sink together.” Be it founders, managers or coworkers, everybody is equally important and together, it fosters the feeling of a community which makes a strong work culture.
Bringing about a strong work culture is not something that is temporary; it is expected to be permanent. A lot of attention and work goes in it. If you try to control your office culture, you would risk smothering it. Change is the only constant, so embrace it and expect things to run its natural course. But ensure that your core values and principles don’t get compromised. If you create a culture where people love coming to work, you will reach the pinnacle of success.
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