How would you characterize the overall culture of your organization? Would you say there is room for improvement?
Most of us would no doubt answer yes. But where is the best place to start improving the culture and driving higher productivity from happier employees?
Here are 10 quick tips to help get you started right away.
1. Get Rid of Hierarchies
This goes beyond an “open-door” policy, which still delivers an “us vs. them” message to employees. Instead, implement a “no-door” policy that puts management on equal footing as other employees.
2. Immediately Deal With Conflict
Conflict between workers is inevitable and no picnic. But letting it fester unresolved makes it worse.
3. Empower Employees
Hire people you trust and empower them to make big decisions. If you don’t trust an employee to make a big decision, they don’t belong in your organization.
4. Be Flexible
Avoid setting rules for the sake of setting rules. Be fair and flexible with employees on all things, whenever possible.
5. Help Your Team Connect
Schedule fun and unique events in and out of the office that encourage employees to connect with each other outside of their work responsibilities.
6. Be Transparent
When employees don’t know what’s going on “behind the scenes” they start to get anxious or nervous. Be as open as possible about large-scale company plans.
7. Generously Reward Contributions
Do you want happy, motivated employees? Don’t skimp on rewards for a job done well.
8. Inspire Your Employees
Openly share your vision for where the company is heading and how you plan to get there. The cream will rise to the top and work harder to achieve big goals.
9. Give Regular Feedback
Annual employee reviews no longer suffice. Openly give genuine feedback to employees on their work whenever possible. You’ll start noticing immediate, positive results.
10. Ask How You Can Do Better
Don’t be afraid to ask employees what you can do better to improve your organizational culture.
There you have it — 10 quick tips to immediately start improving your organizational culture.
Begin today and watch your culture, and bottom line, start to boom.
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