The success of a business starts from within – and if you’re not sure what that means, you may need to reevaluate. You can’t run a business without a tight-knit group of passionate individuals standing behind it. And if you have that, you know how monumental of a role it really is. Let’s talk about company culture and 6 ways you can improve it!
Your first step in building a solid company culture is defining yourselves as a group. What do you stand for? What are your core values, and what is your mission statement? Defining yourselves from the start will help set expectations for the entire group and pull everyone’s focus to one main goal: success!
Communication is KEY! No matter the size of your team, big or small, the way you interact will make a world of difference. You want your team to feel more than comfortable coming to you (and each other) with anything. Some ways you can achieve this are…
Transparency: Be open about the real stuff! Share information with your team so that no one is left in the dark. When things are going well, tell them – and when things aren’t, tell them too! This goes a long way.
Conflict Resolution: If an issue arises, and it will, on occasion, cut any hush-hush conversations. Go to the party at hand and resolve it face to face so that negative energy can never fester.
Be Reliable: There’s no “I” in team. Each person has a part to play and relies on one another to do their best work. Be someone everyone can count on!
According to GrowthEngineering, encouraging collaboration between employees reinforces the idea that you are a team. Each person has valuable ideas and perspectives to offer the group – and by creating an environment where everyone has input, you will inspire creativity and great conversation!
We can’t emphasize this one enough…celebrate wins! When your business is victorious, it deserves a round of applause! Show your team that everyone’s unique contributions have paid off. To go the extra mile, recognize specific members when they do something good. Give a shoutout to a teammate or shoot them a message letting them know how impressed you are with their work.
Everyone enjoys a pat on the back from time to time, and if your team feels like they are winning, they will put in MORE effort and produce MORE awesome work than not.
We’re not saying you have to be BFFs. But it IS important to develop solid relationships with your coworkers. Besides, you ARE spending the majority of your time with them. Did you know that friendships in the workplace make you 7 more times engaged in your job? That’s just one of the numerous studies found about the correlation between your team and your work.
Two ways to encourage your team to get to know each other are through team-building and off-site activities. Try a company retreat or plan a group game night!
Give Feedback (And Ask For It)
Lastly, and most importantly, talk to and listen to your team. You can do this as a group or one-on-one, but both are recommended. Performance reviews and regular check-ins will help employees and the team as a whole work to create a better culture.
The biggest return on investment you will ever find is in your company culture. Visit our blog at https://elamant.com for more!