How to Create a Strong and Healthy Company Culture
In modern work environments, having a strong company culture is the core of building a strong business. Building a company culture is a rather difficult and intricate process. Safety standards, values, and beliefs that translate into your company’s goals, and these all must be defined and structured in such a manner to be easy to follow and embraced by all your employees. Nevertheless, in many cases, managers and business owners must find their inspiration in other successful companies or even trends in terms of company culture. Below we have some elements that regardless of your approach should be included in your company culture and philosophy.
Think of your organizational design. Your company’s organizational design is the way in which your company culture will be turned into a set of good practices that align with it. The organizational design includes the hierarchy, procedures, processes, and structure based on which your company will activate. The organizational design of your company will define the performance indicators, evaluation process, team building practices, responsibilities, and their division between departments and employees.
Lead by example. A strong company culture is based on the leader’s behaviour. Leading by example means that you must show all the good behaviour and attitudes that you want to see in your employees in order for them to embrace those too. Leaders must reflect the way in which they want employees, clients and collaborators to see the company as an entity, and exemplify what the company stands for as a whole.
Outline work safety requirements. Depending on the industry your company is in, you must know that safety should be one of your first concerns. One new trend in terms of work safety is the Zero Harm approach. This new theory is designed in such a manner to teach managers to operate a business order to reduce and in most of the cases, even eliminate work-related accidents and injuries. Besides the safety norms that must be followed by all employees and are presented in these seminars, the former employees will also present the way in which a work accident changed their lives. An approach of this kind aims to deliver measurable results in terms of decreasing the frequency and amplitude of these accidents in such a manner to ultimately eliminate those completely.
Be mindful of your employee’s physical space necessities. On a TED Talk, Susan Cane mentions that depending on each employee’s personal traits, the work environment must be adapted. While the open office design is perfect for extroverts, for introverts might, in fact, represent a burden when it comes to working within normal parameters. Create an environment that suits everyone that includes open spaces for the most social employees and quiet rooms for those who need time to themselves in order to be most productive.