Employee happiness is crucial for productivity. As an employer, what can you do to improve staff morale and engagement? The working world is changing drastically, especially over the past year. With a massive increase in hybrid working and flexible working hours, employers need to keep up with these changes; otherwise, they risk losing staff to other businesses. Your business needs a positive company culture, or your turnover of staff is going to skyrocket. So what can you put in place to improve company culture?
What Does Company Culture Mean?
To sum it up, company culture is the personality and values of your business. It’s your company beliefs and ideas, how these are implemented, and the benefits they produce.
Company culture is not just a trendy office and free lunch on a Friday; it goes a lot deeper than this. It all comes down to how staff are treated, the opportunities they are given to grow, and the trust between staff and management.
Why Is a Positive Company Culture so Important?
It’s a fact that younger generations are not staying in jobs as long. Studies have found that 27% of workers are now changing jobs every year! How do employers encourage staff to stick around? A positive company culture. People are searching for higher pay, along with more benefits and opportunities.
People have realised that benefits such as hybrid working and unlimited annual leave actually work, and they work really well. Would you take the job with strict hours, conditions, and dress code? Or the job with flexible hours, a casual atmosphere, and training opportunities?
7 Tips to Improve Your Company Culture
1. Offer Flexible Working
Studies show that 78% of millennials say they’re more loyal to an employer if they offer flexible working options! Along with 70% saying they have left, or considered leaving, a job because of lack of flexible working. If you don’t already, you need to consider providing these options where possible.
Here are some of the leading flexible working options:
- Hybrid working. Giving your employees a decision on where they work, usually from home or in the office.
- Flexible working hours. Letting employees decide when they start and finish work provides a work-life balance, great flexibility for parents and carers.
- Unlimited annual leave. No limit on the number of holidays employees can take. Many big companies provide this benefit, including Netflix!
2. Let Employees Make Decisions
Something employers often get wrong is not giving any control to employees. An area you can focus on is team meetings, in particular virtual team meetings.
As space isn’t an issue, it’s easy to get carried away inviting too many people. Let staff decide on whether they want to attend a virtual team meeting and provide an agenda beforehand to make an informed choice. Also, provide written notes afterwards, so nobody misses out on important content.
It can be challenging to host effective virtual team meetings. It can be challenging for staff to focus, so consider taking part in some training. You will receive tailored tips and advice for hosting extraordinary zoom virtual team meetings as well as how to tell if a digital meeting is even necessary! (More often than not, there are alternatives available!)
3. Be Transparent
You should always keep your employees up to date with what’s going on, whether positive or negative. Being transparent helps to create and build trust in the workplace. People working at companies they trust reported 74% less stress, 106% more energy at work, AND 76% more engagement!
Looking at these statistics, how could you not want to focus on being a transparent company?
4. Encourage Personal Growth
Let your staff know if there’s an area of work they want training in, that you will provide this. Offer to pay for training and allow time off work to complete it. After all, it will benefit your employee and your company too.
Some workplaces even allocate time for employees to focus on personal hobbies. How about one afternoon a week, let staff practice what they want; maybe they want to get into photography or read more? Encourage this; you’ll have happier employees and less burnout.
5. Nurture a Team Atmosphere
Host fun events; go for cocktails, go bowling! But don’t force this. A team atmosphere needs to be built. Consider giving staff a short, paid break every day. Have a communal area for staff to sit and chat. They will likely get together for a friendly chat. Just sit back and watch the morale and team atmosphere grow!
Consider taking part in a workshop to find new ideas and ways to improve working life at your company. You will receive tips and tricks to creating a hard-working team whilst ensuring nobody is overworked.
6. Recognise Hard Work
Surveys have found that a whopping 70% of employees think their motivation and morale would massively improve if managers said thank you more often. A thank you could be the difference between a happy employee and somebody who decides it’s time to start job searching.
Recognising and rewarding employees shouldn’t be left to management. Studies show that peer-to-peer recognition is nearly 36% more likely to have a positive impact than manager-only recognition!
7. Don’t Fake It Till You Make It! Be Yourself
Authenticity gains employee trust, also sending a message to your employees to be themselves. You don’t want to go to work and put on a fake persona; this is no fun and breaks employee trust!
Don’t copy other leaders’ way of doing things; do what feels right for you and your business. Stick to your core company values, and put your beliefs to practice!
If you want some further advice to improve your company culture, contact us at Vibrant Thinking. We offer a range of workshops to provide tailored advice, all to help your company grow.