Create A Workplace Culture Your Employees Will Love
When you think of the typical corporate building—what do you see? If it’s a big grey cinderblock that somewhat resembles the city jail, then you’re right on the money. Not all jobs come equipped with the fancy floor-to-ceiling glass windows, brightly colored painted walls, and a concierge. However, your company can still be an exciting place to work! It all begins with the work culture and how you ensure your employees feel valued, motivated, and optimistic.
The biggest influence on the workplace climate is the leadership team. From the start, set goals with employees. Break it down for them and list exactly what they “own”. Doing this gives work meaning. Having a sense of purpose will make people want to come to work and accomplish their goals—instead of work being a soulless institution where dreams go to die. Harsh, I know. Don’t be that company.
Rigid work hours are a thing of the past. With the way technology has transformed—think smart phones, tablets, Wi-Fi, cloud services—the internet is accessible almost anywhere. Employees are able to work from home, a coffee shop, shared working hub, etc. If the job doesn’t require the employee to physically be in the office, allow for some flexibility. Choose 1 or 2 days a week when they can work from home. Working outside of the office lifts people’s spirits and inspires them more to get things done.
People don’t quit their jobs… they quit their managers. They leave because they don’t feel valued and don’t feel like their hard work and results are recognized. Make sure to get to know your team, let them know they are doing a great job and their work doesn’t go unnoticed. Reward high-performers and encourage potential a-players.
A good workplace culture is more than just having a ping-pong table. It’s starts with you—the leader.
Curious to see how you rank as a leader? Check out our WorkCompass Leadership Survey to discover your strengths and weaknesses in leadership.
Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.