Gaining insight into your company’s culture can happen in many different ways. It could happen in company trainings, meetings, or even the hiring process. What are the shared values, attitudes, or goals of the employees? Are they positive, supportive, and inclusive? Do the employees believe in the work they are doing? Do they feel valued and appreciated?
If you answered no to any of those, it may be time to improve your company culture. If you aren’t sure how to do that, don’t worry! We have a few suggestions on how to achieve that goal.
Do a background check
There are a variety of online screening services that offer small business background checks that make it easy for you to ensure you are hiring employees that fit the culture you are going for! They are compliant, convenient, affordable, and quick! They are able to run credit checks, criminal record checks, DMV reports, and so much more. Once you have a feel for the applicants and what they have to offer, you can make sure that they will be a good fit within the company.
Create a reward system
By creating a reward or incentive system, you can make it so your employees feel more valued and appreciated. You will be able to help them see more worth within themselves, which will help to raise the overall morale of the company. It can also help to create healthy competitions amongst different departments, which will make it so they bond and work more as a team.
Keep it real
Being transparent is so important within the workplace. It will create a line of trust with your employees and will truly help to make them more comfortable and happier while at work. A great way to do this is by opening up communication, and by giving your employees the proper ways to communicate. Of course, with this one, and most culture boosters, you must lead by example.
Give them freedom
There is nothing worse than a boss that hovers. If you have strong employees, let them do their jobs on their own. They are grown adults and don’t need babysitting. By giving them the freedom to do their job without you watching over them, they will build more confidence within themselves and that will in turn help to boost the culture of the company.
Self-care is so important. It can help employees improve their mental health. If your people need time to themselves, let them have it. Try and understand where they are coming from, what they are going through, and the steps they may need to take to feel more like themselves again.
By giving everyone a voice and a seat at the conference table, you are showing that everyone has value. You are also proving that exclusivity has no place in the workplace. This will make it so everyone feels appreciated and wanted within your work environment. This is an easy, and ethically correct, boost to the company’s culture.
Invest in them
People want to work more and harder when they feel like they are being invested in. Great ways to show you are investing in them are providing them with schooling, classes to help them to develop and grow, conferences for them to learn more about the industry, and maybe even providing them with the ability to take care of their physical and mental health—standing desks, break time walks, company issued gym memberships, and so on.
There are so many easy ways to show you are investing in them, and once they feel invested in it will reflect in their work. This won’t be an easy one, and it will take some time to master, but it will be well worth the wait.
The bottom line is that you know your company best. Test out a few of our ideas and see how they work for your specific group of people. We hope that you find what works best for you and your employees. Good luck!