Some companies, most notably technology firms, try to make the workplace fun for employees. They will paint their workspaces bright colors, offer plenty of free refreshments, and even install games for employees to play. And, having done this, they will tout what a great company culture they have.
But is this really what a great culture is all about?
The answer is no. It may be something that contributes to the culture, but company culture is more than just fun and games. It is about the experience that employees have at the company, whether they feel valued, whether they think they are doing challenging and essential work.
Here are some ways to create an excellent company culture, one that goes beyond mere fun.
This is essential to having a good culture. The leadership needs to regularly share information with employees and let them know what is going on. The management needs to be open and honest with workers. This will help to build trust and confidence among employees.
- Let employees know you value them.
You don’t do this by installing a basketball hoop or ping pong tables. You make sure employees have the resources they need to do their jobs well, you find out what they need and then provide it to them. Build trust among employees by delegating decision making. Provide opportunities for career growth and professional development. These are all essential elements of a vibrant company culture.
- Advance employees with exceptional soft skills.
Managers need to know how to work with people. They should be able to communicate the values and goals of the company to their staff and help them to understand what actions and efforts are essential to the company. Company leadership needs to be able to clearly articulate the direction of the company and the reasons for it.
- Listen to employees.
Leadership needs to take the time to listen to workers’ feedback about the operations of the company. Employees who are on the front lines can give valuable input on how to make the company better and more productive, so management needs to listen to them with an open mind.
- Offer flexibility.
This is especially important for younger employees. Examples of this flexibility include giving workers the freedom to start work later and work later, to take time off during the day for personal needs and make up the time later. Also, allow them to work from home if feasible.
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