Earlier this week we outlined the reasons why your company’s culture influences your brand. A healthy company culture can have a very positive impact on your daily operations and the way the public views your company. Gauging the cultural health of your company is one thing, but where do you go from there. Below we’ll have a look at some ideas to improve or give your company a cultural makeover.
The first step is to decide how you want your business to “feel.” Below are a few questions to ask yourself:
- How do you want your company to feel? Fun, creative, open, accepting, respectful, etc?
- How can you mirror you company values in its culture?
- How is information distributed to employees? Are they left in the dark often?
- How do you reward or motivate employees now, and how would you like to in the future?
- Does everybody in the company feel heard? If not, how can you improve this?
These should lead you to more questions. Consider having a brainstorming session with your employees to discover the right solutions for your company. Listed below are some ideas we came up with:
Suggestion/Thought box – This is an easy way to permit people to share opinions about the current events within the company. The employee could opt to make the suggestion anonymous or not, and any ideas or concerns could be addressed in monthly company meetings.
Empower employees – Treat employees like peers; give them ownership over their jobs. Don’t micromanage! Transparency can encourage empowerment as well. Don’t just tell your employees when there are successes, tell them when things aren’t going so well too. Their support may help you overcome the hard times.
Flexible hours – Trusting your employees to get their work done is key. Don’t always hang over or micro-manage them. Trusting your employees to get their jobs done will give you less anxiety, as well as make the general company culture more respectful.
Dress code – Gone are the days of the suit and tie on a daily basis (at least for most fields), so let personnel express themselves with their clothing. This will make them feel free and accepted. Another approach is to have themed clothing days. Examples of this are: wig day, silly t-shirt day, hat day, etc. Let employees make recommendations for themes. A little silly goes a long way.
Celebrate – Your organization is the sum of everyone in it. Celebrate your team with group activities. For instance, cater lunch for everyone, have a movie or game day, or simply throw a party. This can bring about more communication in your team and promote collaboration.
For some added fun, here are a couple of things real companies have done to better their culture:
- Spontaneous Nerf gun wars
- Painting inspirational quotes on the walls
- Hitting a loud gong when there is a success to let the whole company know
- Foosball tournaments
- Lunchtime Yoga
- Lunchtime Crafting Club
- Monday Mad Libs, whoever wishes to contribute, does, and then the completed Mad Lib is emailed to the company