I’d like to start by telling you about two work scenarios I’ve experienced.
JOB A: I was surrounded by relationships and support that allowed me to be my best self. We worked out together, hung out outside of work, had birthday parties, created our own little competitions and did everything we could to help each other out. I consistently did my best to contribute to the team. I was excited to go to work and found that the social wellness component in my life was satisfied at work. I left this company for JOB B, which offered significantly more financial compensation.
JOB B: I was bored. No one liked their jobs. The turnover was incredibly high. I was tired all the time. I gained weight. I had little direction, felt a lot of pressure and feared management. I hate to admit it, but I did just enough to satisfy my job description. My personal life (financial wellness) was better, but I wasn’t happy 40 hours out of my week. I found myself missing the social wellness component in my life and felt alone. I had never realized prior to the job switch that this was something most people have to work on outside of the workplace. Though I had become financially fit, my wellness wheel was left unbalanced in other areas. And, not to mention, I wasn’t performing to my potential at a detriment to the company I was working for. I had no idea how spoiled I was in my previous job and didn’t realize that there were workplaces with such miserable employees. This place felt toxic!
It was at this point in my life that I truly understood the importance of company culture. So what did Company A have that Company B didn’t? How can we better our company culture?
- Company culture is a priority. It doesn’t just happen. If you want a positive and productive culture, you have to be working actively to create it.
- Create a shared vision to ensure the entire company is working toward an aligned purpose. Everyone should have a clear understanding of what the company is trying to achieve as a whole.
- Hire character and train skill. Hiring should be based on culture. This is something I made sure of as a manager in Job A and it worked out well.
- Provide constant and consistent feedback to foster communication, increase growth, promote change and innovation, and prevent employees from getting stuck. Don’t forget to listen to your employees and take action so they know they are heard.
- Communicate carefully and show understanding from others’ perspectives.
- Managers must practice what they preach and create the standard for the rest of the company to live by.
- Finally, offer employee wellness!!! Healthy employees tend to be happy employees.
What do you like about your company culture? What is missing? What action are you going to take to move toward a better culture in your workplace?