Work culture is as important an asset as the infrastructure, technological advancements and other essential benefits to a company.
For a company to run smoothly and earn maximum revenue, it is very important that all the employees are working in close conformation with each other.
Some of you might think why to give emphasis on work culture if all the focus at the end of the day is on earning decent sales revenue. Well, sales revenue or profit maximization only happens when your professionals work hard and complete all their assigned tasks within the stipulated time frame.
And, these employees will only work like that if they feel the attachment with the company. For engaging employees in an ideal manner, firms take several steps to ensure a hassle-free workplace inside their premises.
Some firms provide the share to their dedicated employees to give them a feeling of ownership; some companies make sure to render high incentives to keep the moral of their professionals high; some brands make sure to keep their employees comfort at first priority.
Imagine you have joined a new company and on the first day itself you are given a pile of work; the manager is not even greeting you; no employees in the office interacts with you; the CRM software you are using is outdated; how will you feel?
Initially, you will be able to stretch yourself thinking it’s a new job, but eventually, you will start feeling the negativity and work pressure together. Many of the good employees leave the companies because of poor work culture mostly.
It is very important for you to keep comforting your employees as they are your weapons that will make you reach the top in the marketplace.
For me, I am working in a company, where people are driven by a passion for reaching their personal peaks of dreams.
Let me guide you through a few steps that will throw light on how to make your workplace apt for employees.
Right People Are Not That Hard to Find. Hire Them!
In today’s time, when millions of students are entering in corporate world every year, it is quite easy to spot many impressive CVs out there. It is not a tough job to hire someone with good credentials but to hire someone on the basis of passion and commitment is something, which other companies generally do not do.
You want your company to earn the highest place in the market, you have to hire a workforce that will help you reach there. Hiring people because of their passion gives your company to gain a competitive edge among other players in the industry.
Human resource manager should make sure to ask the relevant questions in the interview. Questions such as what inspire you? Or why do you choose this line of profession? How do you think you can create a difference?
These questions and their answers simply make you see what the employee believes and how strong is his belief. That is the most important asset of a company; Belief.
Somewhere I have read that most of the disasters in the corporate world occur because of the miscommunication that occurs.
As a brand owner, you should sit down with your team and discuss the company’s performance every now and then. Giving a sense of ownership to the employees by discussing with them the future of the company is a good way to create a smooth working environment.
It is equally important to analyze your losses as it is important to applaud your victory. Employees should feel safe and they should sense that the senior management wants them to speak freely without any fear or hesitation.
Communication includes talking and listening on the same platform. Evidently it is proven that best work cultures that persist in the market grow around professionals who tends to listen more; not only to each other but to customers also.
Every employee should have a clear vision of happenings outside the office premises. What is the latest trend? Who is leading the market? What does market interpret?
For any company wishing to grow and flourish, it is important to remove the thorns as soon as possible. By ‘thorns’ I mean the employees spreading negativity in the office premises.
One of the many kinds of these people are ‘whiners’; these are the employees who ensure to remain silent in the team meetings but they keep spreading the negative mouth of the word for the company in the workplace from time to time.
This whining habit can be because that person is a misfit in your organization or this is what he does always! Reasons can be many but all leads to same consequence; obstruction in company’s growth.
I am not denying that constructive criticism is necessary and should be encouraged. But a constant habit of complaining mostly turns out toxic in nature. So, make sure to keep those elements away from the company, whose vision does not comply with yours (company owner).
Ambition Leads to Growth
Do not compare high ambitions with negativity. Until unless you make a solid, foresighted and a concrete goal for your company, it will be extremely difficult for the employees to feel motivated.
Build a culture, which encourages big goals and ambitious beliefs. There should be a spark always lighting inside each employee’s heart to reach the main objective of the company together.
Unity in Diversity
You own a company and you have hired all software engineers of the same region and all A graders. Seems pretty alright huh?
Well, to be honest, I personally find a diverse culture a must factor in creating a stupendous working environment in the company. Diversity always leads to many interesting debates and more result-oriented discussions.
Pick any successful company and you will find diversity is a major factor in making their working environment prosperous and much ethical. Cultures that are made with diverse backgrounds, interests and experiences make a company successful and profitable.
Celebrate People. Celebrate Life
I am not saying to celebrate each occasion in the office ignoring the work schedule. But people love those companies that celebrate life, creativity, changes, and innovation.
Things that matters to your company should be celebrated each year. Also, note that celebrating without passion is a mere showpiece. It just cannot happen!
No celebration can happen if passion is absent. So, in case you are missing passion in the office premises, start celebrating more and may be, passion will persist.
Work culture is the lifeline of any organization. Companies that do not focus on work culture have seen a major downfall in terms of their share prices and market presence. Somehow, somewhere firms are now starting to focus more on streamlining their work culture.
I hope all of you senior managers, HR managers, owners and other professionals will make sure to create a dynamic and prosperous work environment in your own company.
Always remember “People around you shows who you are”.
Take care and Good Luck!