Not only are consumers driven by value, but employees are too. Employees are becoming more and more aware of a company’s overall message, the causes it supports and its treatment of partners and contractors. People want to become a part of companies that share their values. All employers should consider this when shaping a company’s culture. When employees buy into the vision and values of a company, they are happier and their performance is elevated. The Department of Economics at the University of Warwick found that happy workers are 12% more productive than the average worker, and unhappy workers are 10% less productive. In fact, unhappy employees cost American business over $300 billion each year!
Here are a few ways you can create this healthy business culture.
Clearly define the company values.
It is crucial that employees clearly understand the company’s values, in order to produce results and make decisions that fit into the business’ overall mission. If someone is off-track, this can cause whole departments and teams to spiral out of control quickly. To prevent this from happening, clearly define the company’s goals, vision and values to the team. Check in periodically to ensure things are on track. When the whole team is on the same page, the company is better suited to reach its goals.
Keep the company brand consistent.
Unfortunately, a company’s brand is typically not fully understood by its employees. Despite common belief, the brand does not refer to the company’s website, logo or tagline. The essence of a company’s brand starts with the employees, who are essential to a healthy and thriving company. What the employees say, how they act and their alignment with company values are critical to shaping the business’ brand. By keeping employees in the loop with the company’s desired values and goals, you will be able to maintain a consistent and clear culture that is easier to manage.
Encourage collaboration and balance.
Collaboration is essential to creating a stronger and healthier company. As the business grows, more moving parts will complicate the workflow process. With clear communication and collaboration, you can efficiently resolve this confusion.
In addition, balance is essential to a healthy and thriving company. When the mission and values of a company align with those of the employee, a corporate-employee balance is created. This leads to more successful decision-making on the part of the employees, resulting in greater company success.
Create a proactive environment.
The interaction amongst a company and its employees is necessary for a proactive culture. By having a proactive company culture, you and your employees will cultivate a healthy and rational business strategy.
Create a company culture that embodies higher values and goals, and one that employees can and easily understand and adopt. A well-defined company culture creates balance and harmony, leading to a healthy company that is well positioned for success.