When you imagine your ideal workplace, what comes to mind? A place where colleagues can work in harmony? Where upper management cares about employee wellbeing, helps people reach their potential, and spends real effort actively supporting their staff?
It might seem like a longshot, but it’s the type of workplace that’s well within reach, if you start from the ground up. Creating the ideal work environment starts with crafting the ideal company culture for it to coalesce around. The following tips should help you get started.
Employee Wellbeing Is Paramount
No company or company culture can thrive without engaged employees. According to Jeremy Pasternak, an attorney who has been fighting workplace discrimination in California for years, a strong start is making sure that your workplace is an even playing field.
No one wants to work at a place where playing favorites is the norm. Likewise, your company culture is likely to suffer if you aren’t recognizing your workers’ achievements, are overloading them with work, or if you aren’t fostering a sense of team.
Make sure you’re putting wellbeing first, and devote ample resources to supporting employees in their physical, emotional, and mental health.
You Need Goals and Values
What does your company stand for? What is it working towards? While it’s true that most companies exist to make money, if money is the end all be all, you’re going to repel a good portion of valuable younger workers who desire something more.
The new generation of rising stars want to know that they belong at the places they work and want to know that their work is making an impact. If you can clearly define what your company is all about, you’ll be better able to bring young talent aboard.
Bring the Right Employees With You
Remember that culture is all about the people within your organization. If you’re hiring candidates who are a bad fit for what you’re trying to achieve then reaching your company goals will be that much harder. Worse, if you hire bullies and off-putting personalities, you can make your company repulsive to other potential hires and kill your growth.
During the hiring process, making sure you find people who can do the jobs you need correctly is important, but you’ll need to put equal weight on hiring individuals with healthy attitudes who can promote positivity and cohesion at the workplace.
Make Culture a Priority
It might seem a daunting task, but building a positive company culture can bring you increased productivity, profitability, and satisfaction in the workplace. Lead by example, and show your employees the value in maintaining the positive experience for everyone.