Every company has its own unique business atmosphere and its own cultural identity. Is your business filled with green peacemakers striving to make the world a more environmentally friendly place? Or is it comprised of engineering geniuses who love technology? Whatever the case may be, every business has something that defines its culture.
This is especially true when it comes to small businesses, as there are often so few people making up the team, such that every person makes a difference. What makes a company’s culture a bad one? Overly secretive management. Rewards for unethical behavior. Low productivity. Poor morale.
What makes a company’s culture a good one? Here are some tips:
1. Make Your Mission Known
It’s important for employees to know what your vision is, before even signing on to your team. Make it clear what your company’s values are and how it strives to attain maximum excellence and productivity. When interviewing prospective members to join your business, make sure that they are passionate about the same values that your company stands for.
2. Accept New Ideas
The management levels of large corporations are often notorious for being controlling and ultra-secretive. These high-ranking executives make all the decisions, and the lower employees simply carry out the tasks to which they are assigned. What’s makes a small business great is the teamwork: the interaction between employers and employees, between teams from different committees. Encourage employees to contribute their own ideas, and invite them to offer their unique perspectives on various projects that your business is undertaking.
3. Reward Excellence
Reward those outstanding individuals who most exemplify the attitude you would like all your employees to adopt in the workplace. Celebrate work anniversaries by giving employees a little something each year on the day they started working at your company. Employees who feel appreciated at work are likely to be happier and more productive at work.