All of us are familiar with the world class facilities provided by companies like Google and Apple for their employees.
Have you ever wondered why they do that?
I hear you said, “they have money and status.”
But this is not the only reason. The main intention is, “to make employees happy.” Happy faces in an office lead to a healthy environment. And a healthy environment is a way to innovation which is no doubt the most required asset of any business.
Your employees are your biggest assets. Look for the reasons:
Why are your employees leaving you so soon?
Why are they not interested in working?
Why are they not able to think out of the box?
Why they are skipping their work and always asking for leave?
If you can find answers to these questions, trust me no one can stop you being successful. But if you’re clueless about these questions, you must find answers.
This is why You need a positive office culture and happy environment to make your employees determined towards their work and enjoying it at the same time. There are companies who are investing a major part of their revenue just to keep their employees happy and satisfied. But if you don’t have that much money, it doesn’t mean that you can not do this.
Here are 5 strategies that will help you in building a positive culture in your company and doesn’t require a heavy bank balance.
1. Make It Personal
Why have you built this company?
What you’re willing to give back to the society?
What are your vision and mission?
All these queries have single answers:
Build a company that you would want to be a part of and can work betterment of people.
Try to invest yourself personally in the fate of your company.
Give a personal attachment to your employees and
Make them feel that they are working for themselves, not for you.
There is nothing more personal than finding meaning in one’s job and life. So make your employees feel that they are valuable for their company.
2. Listen, Learn And Apply
No matter how hard you’re working to keep your employees happy and how much you’re thinking for them to make them feel valuable it won’t be counted until it doesn’t mean for them.
So, before coming to a conclusion and applying your idea to improve your company culture follow a mantra to make it work.
Listen, Learn and Apply.
Your employees are family people and you give some amount of money as incentives for every extra sales achievement. Will they be happy?
Yes! It’ll be pleasing to them, but they would be more satisfied if they can get one or two paid offs so that they can spend time with their family. The best way to find out what they want? Simply ask them. How would they like to get praised by asking them personally or through some email surveys and then adopt a culture?
3. Clarify Your Vision And Work For Your Mission
Half of the problems can be neglected from very starting only when you’re hiring a person.
Clarify the vision of your company and let them know what is your mission to achieve your vision. One spoiled apple can spoil a whole bucket.
By understanding the values that you want to seek beyond just generating the money, it will be easier for you to hire people with the right attitude and perspective.
If your company culture is mission-driven, then it will be an easy task for your employees to match it with their values and work accordingly and letting go those who are not able to.
4. Make Work A Fun
Probably you’ve heard about the office with a lot of fun activities, bright colored walls, and cool tables with ping pong chairs, swimming pools, and even a bed to sleep.
If you’re a startup or small business, you don’t have to have all this. But working like a robot from 9 to 5 can only give robotic benefits. If you expect something phenomenal to happen in your office, you’ve to work phenomenally for that.
Providing free snacks, a dress-down day or giving some extra hours to your employees to play some sports can give a warm and positive environment.
5. Show Gratitude
When is the last time you thanked your employees for doing their job?
When is the last time you talked to your employees about their problems?
When is the last time you worked with your employees?
They get paid for their work and why should I go and do all these things?
Do you think the same?
Let me tell you the people working right away to your cabin are humans and not machines. One smile, little praise and small conversation about their work can break the wall between you and your employees giving rise to an open and free culture.
When people get good words publicly for their job and their extra efforts, they tend to push their boundaries more and try harder to be their best.
So these were the 5 important strategies to bring a positive culture to your company. Caring for your employees simply can help you in bringing a positive wave in your office.
Be flexible when employees with personal situations of your employees. Welcome new ideas. Work with your team to develop new strategies. Take care of employees health. Provide a perk of a free gym membership or provide some sports to play.