If the vibe in your office sometimes feels more like a library than a vibrant office space doing innovative things for the industry, or if it always feels like there’s a negative atmosphere sucking the life out of everyone, you can bet that your company’s productivity is suffering as a result.
Workers who are happy, engaged, and friendly are always going to do their best work for you, so what can you do to create a positive culture for your business right now?
1. Start with recruitment
If you want to create a positive culture in your business, then you need to start out by recruiting people who are a good fit for your business. For example, if you are working on building a sales team with a good rapport and all the skills you need, then using a sales-specific recruitment team who understands what you are about will result in you getting people who gel together, or if you’re trying to build a team of coders who can solve problems together, then recruiting people with the same background, history, and values will surely help. The more they get each other and your business, the more positive the culture will be.
2. Build that trust
Building trust is like planting a tree—you won’t see the fruits of your labor overnight, but the shade it eventually provides is priceless. So, it is really important that you are always open and honest with your employees, so they know that they can always rely on you to tell them the truth, even if it is uncomfortable. You should also make it known that they can always come to you with any issues they have and you will take them seriously and treat them fairly come what may.
3. Set clear expectation
If everyone knows what is expected of them and they have clear goals to work with, there will typically be less friction between employees because there will be nothing much to dispute. Of course, there are always going to be small disagreements from time to time, but when they are not sailing without a rudder, these issues are going to be far less frequent overall.
4. Provide feedback
You might think that regularly giving your employees feedback could lead to disharmony in the workplace culture, but if you do it in the right way, the exact opposite is true. Monitoring progress and giving feedback is like trimming a bonsai tree—it helps keep growth on track and shapes the final outcome. Your employees will be more secure knowing where they are at and what they need to do, so they will be less likely to be stressed and thus negative at work, Of course, like bonsai trimming, it should be done regularly and carefully, so try to give as much positive feedback as you do negative and don’t treat negative feedback as a bad thing, more as an opportunity to improve.
Positive company culture is so important, so try to inject some into your business today!