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Creating A Positive Work Environment: 4 Strategical Tips

by Jody Ordioni

A corporate culture that is not only succeeding but thriving, will show outward signs of success. If you don’t think that your corporate culture is doing well, ask yourself the following questions:

A company that prioritizes its culture always benefits in their business and in engaging its employees. An organization should focus its efforts on building a healthy work culture. The four key hindrances to any leadership are:

The wish to achieve these goals requires the implementation of good strategies.

Evaluate Company Mission, Vision, and Culture

Leaders need to ask themselves whether these components are in tandem with their business goals currently or are they even memorable. Most companies stash their statements in the bottom drawer once after drafting them and these cumbersome statements are never given a second glance. Often, companies also overlook the necessity of a cultural statement. The mission, vision, and cultural statement of the company should be known to each employee.
Instead of rambling, create short and memorable statements. The employees should know and live by these statements within the company. However, if the statements are hefty, no one will bother to remember them. Use strong verbs to make the statements actionable and easier for the employees to live by.

Contribute 70%-80% of Time Coaching

Ideally, leaders should spend six hours per week with their employees. This minuscule gesture yields great results. A study shows that it leads to a 30% increase in engagement, 16% in innovation, and 15% in motivation. For the good of the company, managers cannot afford to hide behind emails, phone calls, and paperwork. Managers should spend time with the team to weed out processes and tasks that lead to inefficiencies. Eliminating cumbersome processes will lead to continuous improvement in quality. In addition to this, managers should also schedule one-on-one meetings with the employees to sort out workload, priorities, training, and opportunities for praise.

Invest in Ongoing Training

One-time training does not bear results in the long run. A single day of training cannot fix the negativity revolving in your organization. It requires consistency over the months or years to make employees believe in you and feel the positivity. Training that is aimed at behavioral practices should include the whole workforce, even the managers.
If training is set as a calendar event, employees can align their personal schedules, accordingly. It can be a team-building activity such as a lunch-and-learn. Training is an ongoing process and new policies, initiatives, and processes are always up for discussion.

Undertaking Culture Inquiries

A culture inquiry is a systematic process that allows obtaining information regarding the performance of the company and the factors that can influence it. Evaluations as such help to discover blind spots in the leadership strategy, like succession planning, compensation redesigning, and the measurement of success by position and training.
Inquiries are successful when they find out the main deterrent to productivity and provide an opportunity for improvement. The difference in culture is only possible when leadership is willing to implement the suggested reforms, apply measurements to the outcomes, and hold team members and one another accountable.

The Bottom Line

Just like your physical health fails if you don’t take care of yourself, the health of your company doesn’t attain its optimum wellness if left to its own devices. However, the process of assessment, goal setting, and accountability allows you to attain the culture you desire for your company. 

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