Creating a positive workplace culture in 2020: 10 steps

Posted on:  January 07,2020  Author: Admin

Experts who examined in detail every aspect of a standard 47 years in the working world, found the average worker will start on around £8,000 a year in their first job and will work for six different companies on their journey to job satisfaction. It's easy to understand how creating a positive workplace culture where your employees will actually enjoy being is important.

Workplace culture resembles a company’s personality and it embraces its values, traditions and rules. Creating a positive workplace culture will make your employees identify themselves with it and comfortable doing so.

Here are some tricks that can help you create a positive workplace culture:

  1. An effective internal communication has a huge influence on employees. They should be encouraged to share their knowledge and express their opinions. All employees want to be heard; some of them may not feel confident to share their thoughts face to face, though. An enterprise social platform will let the employees to freely communicate, irrespective where they are.
  2. A flexible schedule will boost employees’ effectiveness and satisfaction. The 9-to-5 workday is dying: making life more comfortable for your employees will help recruitment, employees retention and definitively result in a happier workplace culture. Remote working is a trick that helps greatly to balance life and work. Some employees can also be more productive with no commuting hassle.
  3. The meeting culture often does more harm than good, leaving precious little time and focus left on actual work. An enterprise social platform would help in this case, too.
  4. Explicitly declare long working hours on your company’s blacklist: working until the break of dawn may be a real sign of productivity problems. In these cases, help the employees find the root of their problem.
  5. Be a mentor, not a boss manager, making others inspired and motivated, acting like a guide in a business jungle, showing different paths, solutions and opportunities for growth. Remember to give on-going feedback, which helps employees know their progress or weak points: according to PwC, nearly 60% of survey respondents reported that they would like feedback on a daily or weekly basis — a number that increased to 72% for employees under age 30. Also, do listen to your employees, your treasury of knowledge.
  6. Reduce employee stress: keeping your employees calm can help them focus, take ownership of any task and will hence boost their contributions to the company.
  7. Thank: Let’s put some manners back in the workplace. Not enough can be said for the simple “Thank You.” I purposely made this its own category of motivation because it’s so easy, it takes 5 seconds and its just not said enough. A kind thank you is a reward in real time and can turn a day of bad events into a happy drive home from the office. If you say “thank you,” they will notice.
  8. Empower: To be empowered means to tell all employees your mission, your vision and what it takes for the company to be successful. Including employees in the corporate strategy gives them a purpose. Aligning employee goals to corporate strategy gives them the power of success. If they succeed, you will succeed.
  9. Set Goals: Setting goals starts with clear expectations. I can’t emphasize this enough. Make sure the goals are clearly defined and attainable. If it takes a team to get it done, assign a team. By cascading goals from the strategic planning session to each department, everyone ends up working towards the same outcomes. If they achieve their goals, the company achieves its goals.
  10. Celebrate: To celebrate is defined as “to observe a notable occasion with festivities.” Celebrations play an important part in workplace unity. Celebrations are especially important when milestones are met, such as; a team exceeds its goals, a project is completed before the deadline, the company revenue goals exceed projections, or your latest customer satisfaction survey gets a glowing review. Everyone wants to be part of a winning team to celebrate the little and the big wins…..and do it often. If you celebrate, everyone will be energized.

Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup, once said: “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace”. By believing and constantly implementing/sharing this mantra, you could be able to really create a better workplace culture for your company in this new year!

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