Here are 5 ways you can improve your company culture

Often, employers are looking for cost-effective, informal ways to enhance office culture. These strategies usually involve improving communication channels in a very basic, informal way. However, no two companies referent. With small companies, you can create an unmistakable culture. How can small businesses make use of this?

Below are five ways to improve your small office culture.

1. Ask for feedback

Employers can determine the level of satisfaction within an office environment by asking employees to complete anonymous surveys about their working conditions and opinions about their jobs from time to time. When a manager uses this method to obtain feedback, it is important not to penalize candid responses. Posing the questions in a positive, constructive manner can sometimes help produce useful suggestions for improving job performance.

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2. Sharing office snacks occasionally

Sharing an occasional office snack around a conference table in an easygoing mode allows managers to listen to employee concerns in an informal, internal atmosphere. It is not necessary to raise it to the level of an office party, where some workers may focus exclusively on social concerns to the exclusion of work-related matters. Instead, a supervisor might invite everyone on the team to bring a snack to share during a mid-morning brunch or a mid-afternoon break. By placing everyone at ease but not completely dispersing into casual mode, the manager can raise issues that affect productivity without placing blame or putting anyone in a difficult position. A few informal meetings each month can go a long way towards improving a spirit of enterprise and purpose.

3. Reward outstanding performance

When employee recognition extends to a monthly reward, capable workers are sometimes motivated to excel. The rewards for performing a task well can range from a simple certificate of achievement to a more tangible token of appreciation, such as a dinner certificate or a personalized gift. The goal is to recognize the unique or special contributions that an individual has made to the group over a period of time. While this type of recognition ceremony is important, it must not incite jealousy among employees; supervisors should give recognition for a recognized accomplishment, not based solely on seniority or personal favouritism. A small business can reinforce employees' sense of accomplishment by setting objective standards, such as showing up for work on time during a designated period or exceeding a minimum sales quota.

4. Plan an office team-building event

Taking part in a special team-building event may assist in the process of understanding each other's work styles, aspirations, and strengths when workers need to work together more effectively. Suppose that a company invites all employees in a small office to go on an excursion together to accomplish a specific task. Participants can sometimes gain valuable personal insights into their own productivity techniques by engaging in a challenging activity together and then discussing and analyzing the way all members performed (or tried to accomplish) the assignment. Everyone benefits from these observations. An example of this type of project might be to complete an obstacle course as a group at a retreat facility and then discuss the event afterwards. Did every employee stop to help a coworker in need? Would re-allocating a particular part of the joint task have made the team more efficient? Group dynamics can be better understood through exercises like this.

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5. Sponsor a company charitable or civic fundraising event

An office may greatly improve its culture by engaging in a useful volunteer activity that also generates goodwill in the community. Some companies hold a charitable bake sale and ask the general public to participate. Other companies sponsor high school athletic events or send volunteers to give presentations to community groups about company scholarships. These actions demonstrate a concern for others and reinforce an employee's perception that the employer cares about a cause larger than its own.

Overall, a happy, cooperative office environment enhances productivity. Additionally, a unique company culture inspires greater loyalty to the employer, which at the end of the day, is the ultimate goal.

Author : JP George

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