Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, office culture that gives employees a sense of purpose and ownership cannot be created overnight. The foundation must be laid brick by brick. The culture that is to be developed within the office should provide collaborative opportunities internally and still be competitive externally. Success should involve everyone and allow all to celebrate their hard work. The role of a leader, to bring about a positive change, should make their employees realize that the work they do has a higher purpose in the grand scheme of things.
Here are four steps to transform the culture of your company for the better:
Start Simple, Ask Questions
Employees should be clear-sighted concerning their role within the company and how their role complements the vision of the company. They should know what goal they are trying to achieve. Most employees do not understand how their work benefits the company’s end goal. They should be given a chance to question their roles and participate in prompting solutions for the same. This process develops trust between the employer and employee. It also reflects the degree of transparency that the company encourages. Self-determination will help workers own the role they are entering.
Transparency in Measuring Success
Your team should have a clear idea of how their success is evaluated, and how their efforts contribute to the overall success of the company. Firstly, ensure that the employee understands the vision of the company. Then, make sure that they are thorough with their role and its importance. Lastly, it is important to enable them to achieve said goal. A useful trick is following the method of OGSM, that is, objectives, goals, strategies, and measures. It allows to evaluate the employees at every step and utilize corrective measures.
Acknowledgment as a Public Exercise
Regular meetings that involve everyone are a good way to create consistency and transparency. These meetings are important to point out areas of improvement; the leaders should start with themselves first since change starts from top-down. However, as important as it is to announce areas of improvement, it is also crucial to celebrate and acknowledge the employees who have met their goals within time and budget. A successful culture celebrates internal triumphs publicly to motivate its employees and inspire others to do better. Give each member of the company to feel that their work is imperative to successful outcomes.
Emotional Intelligence is Important
A strong EQ implies that a person has a good rein over their emotions- a task not many are adept at. Just as IQ is an integral part of the selection process, EQ holds an equal importance. Employees should not project whatever they feel in a given situation on their colleagues. A simple solution is to “sit” with your feelings calmly for a few minutes before lashing out. This method allows employees to understand the impact of their action/outbursts on others, thereby helping them build a cohesive team and increase overall productivity.
The Bottom Line
Building a positive culture makes the job of a leader easier. Employees who are happy, productive, and more interested in their roles are dealt with more efficiently. A fostering culture also impacts growth within the company, both in the employee and the company. A culture is built steadily and requires everyday efforts to make a greater impact. Strive to make your team better and empower them through trust and transparency. If the leaders work to help their team realize the best version of themselves, the employees can help create the best version of the company.<< back to Content