A fun, yet productive workplace culture can come in many forms. From flexible business hours to a fully-stocked fridge, creating an environment that your team looks forward to spending 40 plus hours a week in is fundamental to the success of your business. While the details of each office space differ, there are some commonalities between successful companies that show their employees how much they value them. Here are our top 7 things that make for good workplace culture!
1. Foster a Safe Learning Environment
A beer fridge and ping-pong table can certainly boost morale, but it’s the smaller things that really motivate your employees. If you’re in a business that is interested in growth (aren’t we all?), then you know how important it is to have a team you can trust. And you can only achieve this if you allow your employees to fail and learn from their mistakes. Granted, this doesn’t mean you should let the mistakes slip by, but rather, use them as teaching moments instead of disciplinary ones.
Great creativity doesn’t stem from fear. Creating a safe space for your team to be creative will reveal hidden talents, great ideas and happier, more productive employees in the long run.
2. Grow Your Employee’s Strengths
You’ve probably heard of the expression, “work on your weaknesses.” Sure, we could all probably benefit from practicing our patience and listening skills, but when it comes to running a business, people really shine and grow when they’re allowed to do the things they love. There are boring and tedious parts of every job, but each team member should be doing the things they truly enjoy, otherwise, they probably won’t want to stick around too long.
3. Work as a Team
At the end of the day, everyone on your team is there to get things done and make clients happy—and that doesn’t happen unless everyone works cohesively. If your employees are unified in their vision for the company (and are willing to put in the work to get there), the possibilities are truly endless! It might seem crazy, but some of the best memories are made when everyone stays late on a Friday night to get a project done.
4. Make Sure Your Employees Know You Value Them
Whether you provide doughnuts once a week or compliment your team on their efforts, employees who feel valued and respected will provide the best work. Adding responsibilities or a new title can also give an employee the confidence boost to take their work to the next level.
5. Hire People You Like
While this seems obvious, it’s easy to get sidetracked by an impressive resume or years of experience. Hiring top talent is important, but if they don’t get along with the rest of the team, it will create undesirable issues down the road. Remember, you’re spending about 40 hours a week with this person!
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Design
White, bare walls and empty desks aren’t the type of things to inspire great ideas. Throw some color on the walls, add some art and let your employees personalize their space. Your team will be much happier to come into work every day if they get to see that framed picture of their dog next to their computer.
7. Don’t be Afraid to Have Some Fun
It’s not practical for every business to have company retreats or weekly catered lunches, but it is easy to do little things that allow your team to blow off some steam. (We enjoy beer and guacamole on Fridays.) Leaving early on a Friday, having a meeting outside or offering an extended lunch break are all little things you can do for your team that go a long way!
Workplace culture is fundamental for creating an environment your team will look forward to spending 40 hours a week in. While it comes in many different forms, it’s important to listen to your employees so they can continue to create the best work possible.
What are some of your workplace cultures? Tell us in the comments!