It’s a common misconception that cut-throat, high pressure, competition-rich work environments drive financial success. Research shows that workplace stress can be a result of the high pressure environment and will lead to an increase in healthcare expenditures and resignations. Positive work cultures are proven to inspire creativity, productivity, and overall better team-building.
In order to create a positive work culture, here are some tips:
Determine your Legacy
First and foremost, you have to determine what kind of company you want to have. Think about how you want to be talked about if or when your employees leave.
Hire & Foster Positive Attitudes
Make sure the people you hire have a positive attitude. Even one Debbie Downer in a room of positive people can affect company morale. Upbeat personalities are contagious and will create a more enjoyable experience at work. If you already have negative employees, have a chat with them to discuss their attitude and make it clear that negativity will no longer be tolerated.
Listen & Show Empathy
When you listen to your employees about what they enjoy about working for your company, what they dislike, and what they would do differently, then your employees will see you as a caring employer. Everyone wants to feel cared about and as an employer, you have a huge impact on how your employees feel. Showing empathy is very important.
Go Above & Beyond
Employers should be positive role models to their employees. If the employer goes above and beyond in order to help their employees, then the employees will do the same for the employer and other employees. As a result, the workplace will be more positive and cooperative.
Establish Trust & Mutual Respect
Trust and mutual respect is incredibly important among employees and their employer. Trust is built with active listening and open lines of communication. When your office door is closed all the time, the lines of communication are disrupted. Make sure you keep an open door policy, with the exception of private meetings. Showcasing that you truly listen to your employees will reciprocate this action as well as help build respect for each other. It’s crucial to the pursuit of collaboration that everyone feels respected and supported and that their efforts won’t be undermined by the jealousy and fragile egos of others.
Everyone wants to feel appreciated for their hard work. A pat on the back is good, but try some fun teambuilding activities to show appreciation as well as build stronger relationships with your team. Learn more on our Ways to Show Employee Appreciation blog.
Prepare for Change
Just like starting a diet, you have to accept the changes in your practices. Changing a company’s culture takes more than just reading a blog. It takes time, patience, and dedication from all individuals involved. If your company’s culture is not ideal, start by discussing the changes with your team and prepare for those necessary changes.