As a Small Business Owner, you may think that your company’s work culture does not matter or that defining it can be left to a later date when your business grows. But Work Culture can impact your business so it is essential that you take a proactive role in defining what your company stands for. Why Work Culture Matters:
• It plays an important role in attracting the right talent
• It ensures that you keep employees happy and engaged • It retains the right employees
• It effects employee morale and performance that in turn influences the success of your company Here are a few guidelines to build a Vibrant Work Culture
1. Examine Your Hiring Practice
While many individuals fit in your organization on a skill or competency level, you will need to see if they fit within the framework of your organization’s work culture. Any hire you make has the potential to affect the way your company is perceived so it is important that you hire consistently.
Look for candidates that will positively enhance your company’s work culture. While a person can be trained to do a certain job, they cannot be trained to embrace your organization’s work culture, so hire wisely.
As the Small Business Owner you are one of the most decisive factors in the creation of your work culture. It is essential that your attitude, commitment and work ethics reflects your goals for your employees. While in a small organization, it is easy to utilize a relaxed management style, you and your managers will also need to be able to take a step back and evaluate employee performances fairly.
3. Fair & Logical Workplace Practices
While not as formal as corporate culture, you will need to put certain measures and strategies in place to ensure that all your employees are treated fairly. Examine your managerial style to look at the way you assign tasks, show appreciation and how you compensate your employees.
Your managers will take a cue from your practices so you will need to be aware of any lapses in fairness. This will go a long way in creating a work culture where ideas and creativity blossom and mutual respect exists.
4. Communicate your Goals
While mission statements might not be your cup of tea, they help you gain clarity of what your organization stands for. It is equally important to communicate your vision but also be a good listener to include your employees’ dreams, ideas and feedback into your work culture.
You need to foster an environment where open communication is valued and employees are not afraid to speak their mind with respect to the company’s policies.
5. Plan for the Future and Adapt your Strategies
As the business owner, you will need to have the vision to forecast what will work and plan how your company can have a successful work culture. Remember while looking ahead, to also keep a keen eye on the shifting sands of the present.
In today’s business world it is important that you run an agile business that can easily adapt to the requirements of the present and the needs of the future. Follow these simple steps and you will be on the right track to a work culture that is inclusive, productive and mutually beneficial to you and your employees.