Workplace culture really does make a big difference in employees’ happiness. People often leave jobs in search of a better company with a positive, upbeat culture and a mission that they believe in. They want to know that their company is focusing on the right things, giving them autonomy, appreciative of their efforts, and committed to professional development. Here’s how you can help your company become a place where people actually want to work.
Make culture intentional
It’s not enough to just hope that a positive workplace culture just magically appears in your company. You have to plan and cultivate it. It’s not easy for your employees to drag themselves out of bed and head to work every morning. Most people would rather hang out with friends and pursue their own interests. But if you focus on developing a good culture and cause your employees to enjoy their time, they’ll view work as a place for solace, connections, and innovation—somewhere they’ll look forward to going instead of dreading.
Light the fire
Get people excited about their jobs and give them work they can be proud of. If you’re passionate about your business and its mission, that enthusiasm will be contagious to the rest of your employees. They want to know that their work matters—they’re contributing to the overall health of the company and their company is making a difference in the world. A good employer can communicate to their employees how each job is important to a collective long-term goal.
When asked what they love about their jobs, most people report that it’s the people they work with. So encourage friendships, bonding, and collaboration among your employees. Design physical spaces that make hanging out or mingling natural and easy to do. You might sponsor extracurricular activities, like happy hours, company picnics, retreats, or free yoga classes—anything that gets your employees to spend time together and become friends. You might even set up a mentorship program to welcome new employees and make them feel comfortable.
Facilitate professional development
People want to know that they’re not in a dead-end job. Find out what their goals are and help them find relevant opportunities for learning, growth, professional development, and the chance to advance their careers. Set up mentorships and encourage your employees to attend workshops, conferences, and classes that interest them. By investing in their development, you show that you have faith in them, that you value them, and that you want to see them thrive and grow. Plus, your company will benefit from all the new skills and learning your employees are picking up.
Create a positive atmosphere
Consider the physical spaces and logistics of your company. Make sure you have a clean environment, sanitary bathrooms, and lots of natural light. Create a privacy zone where people can retreat to when they need to make a personal call or put their heads down and get serious work done. And make sure your team has access to adequate office supplies, tech support, and procedural and HR support.
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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh