Creating a positive work environment doesn’t happen overnight. While there is no one formula to follow, it’s all about fostering a positive and inclusive culture that aims to unite and support each and every team member. Not only does it make for a more pleasant environment, but it has the potential to increase creativity in the office, attract and retain great staff and set your business up for success. So if you’re a small business owner who is looking to create a positive workplace, here are five tips on how to get started.
1 Identify the existing culture
Whether you’ve made an effort to develop a good culture or not, it’s likely that your workplace already has a culture of sorts. Take the time to first identify what the existing culture is – both the good and the bad. This will help you determine what you need to change and what you need to keep. In order to get an objective opinion, you should have others weigh in – be it current staff members or other business contacts that interact with you and your team regularly.
2 Formulate your vision
Start to consider the type of culture you want to create in your workplace. Write down your ideas, big and small, and describe the perfect workplace that you picture in your mind. Use this as a springboard to then formulate your vision into something tangible. It could be a business mission, a tagline or a vision statement. Just make sure it’s short and concise and something you can easily share with your staff members and new starters.
3 Create a plan
Now that you know what your vision is for the culture of your business, you can start to create a plan on how you will work to implement it. If you want to create a more inclusive work environment or a more lively atmosphere, what steps can you take to make that happen? It won’t happen overnight, but work out a step-by-step plan for how you can slowly, but very intentionally, work to improve the culture of your business.
4 Implement benefits
Once you have considered your current culture, formulated your vision and created a plan, it’s time to think about your employee benefits. Culture in a workplace is much more than a ping pong table and free birthday cake, but those little touches can make a difference to how a staff member feels. Whether it’s awards for team members or regular team lunches, there are many ways you can make sure your staff are feeling appreciated – which will ultimately contribute to the culture of your business.
5 Lead by example
In order to create the kind of workplace you want to work in, you need to lead by example. Change comes from the top and it’s all well and good to implement strategies and structure for positivity, but if you are not walking the walk – no one will listen to the talk.