For modern businesses, having a positive company culture is absolutely essential to get the most out of your employees. It may seem obvious, but it’s important to note that without a good work environment, many employees will struggle to find significant value in their work. This creates a lack of engagement, leading to a variety of negative consequences.
According to an article by Gallup, highly engaged employees displayed a 41% reduction in absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity. Furthermore, engaged workers are also more likely to stay with their employers, with 24% less turnover.
Any company (large or small) should be able to build a positive culture. Here are a few tips for business owners to keep in mind:
- Improve communication with employees
While yearly performance reviews used to be the standard, it is, for the most part, a one-sided and formal interaction that can be improved upon in the modern workplace. Today, workers want ongoing feedback, clear goals and an open and collaborative work environment. You can improve communication by doing frequent check-ins with your employees, making it a priority to help them understand how their daily work is linked to your company goals. Be available for conversations and be sure to really hear and understand what they have to say.
- Flexibility and freedom
A restrictive routine can lead to employee dissatisfaction. Today, workday flexibility is known to increase productivity within employees, as well as alleviate some of the stress that they may be feeling. Furthermore, a flexible schedule builds trust! Employees feel autonomous when given the freedom to work in a flexible schedule, and in return, employers can benefit from a happy and loyal employee.
- Encourage positivity
It may feel trivial, but a smile can go a long way. By expressing gratitude, giving words of encouragement and remaining optimistic during stressful situations, employees are much more likely to engage in positive behaviour at the workplace.
- Create opportunities for socializing
Having good workplace relationships are important for the company’s environment. Employers should provide opportunities for social interactions, such as company meals, team-building activities and happy hour gatherings.
- Provide a safe work environment
In order to build a positive workplace culture, employees need to feel safe at work. Employers should ensure that their company policies in cybersecurity and human resources remain relevant and updated, and that a comprehensive WHS program is being followed. It’s also important to run regular risk assessments on all equipment and facilities to prevent injuries.
Most of us will spend the majority of our waking weekday hours at a workplace. We’re likely to spend more time with our colleagues than with our own family and friends; as such, it’s important for employers to create an open and collaborative space that is comfortable for everyone. A positive workplace culture can inspire creativity, improve communication and increase productivity!