Company culture plays a major role in job satisfaction and security.
What is Company Culture?
Whilst there is no official definition of "company culture" it is often taken as a term which refers to the attitudes and behaviors of a company and its employees. It is evidenced in the way an organization's people interact with each other, the values they hold, and the decisions they make.
Your company's culture will include a variety of elements, including working environment, your company vision and mission, leadership style, values, ethics, expectations, and goals.
It is often also called organizational culture, corporate culture, workplace culture.
Individually, you can have a powerful impact on your workplace culture whether you're a senior manager or a work experience intern.
Try these suggestions to create an environment where you and everyone else can feel valued and appreciated.
Steps to Take as an Individual to Improve Company Culture
Invest in your education and training.
Continue learning. Developing your knowledge and skills will broaden your opportunities at your current company and for all future positions. You'll be a stronger member of any team.
Keep your goals in mind.
Think long term. Evaluate how your actions will affect your company's future. Going the extra mile to satisfy a client could lead to repeat business, glowing reviews, and valuable referrals.
Reward yourself for being innovative, even if some of your efforts fail to pan out. If you're persistent, you're bound to come up with some breakthrough ideas. Maybe you'll find a new supplier who can save your company money. Or perhaps you'll work on redesigning the company logo.
Being able to ask for information and advice is not only a sign of confidence and will enable you to do your job better but it also shows your colleagues that you appreciate their experience and expertise.
Redecorate your surroundings.
Simple but effective. Culture involves both internal and external factors. Clearing the clutter off your desk could enhance your peace of mind. Displaying family photos may make you feel more comfortable and spark conversations with your colleagues and team leaders. In turn, it will help you co-workers understand a bit more about you and any issues you may have - caring for elderly parents or special needs children etc. [See also: Spot The Difference]
Steps to Take with Team Members to Reinforce Company Culture
Think about all the stakeholders who are affected by your work. Request feedback and input. Involve others when you're making important decisions. They'll be more likely to support projects that they helped to develop.
Becoming more familiar with your colleagues outside of work can deepen your relationships. Participate in office picnics and happy hours. Just ensure that any activities don't make anyone feel uncomfortable. For example, don't continuously organise pub crawls if you know some team members are teetotal etc. [See also]
Make an effort to get to know new employees
Reach out to new employees. This can be particularly important if you're the team leader but also for any other team members. Explaining the corporate culture to them can reinforce your own beliefs and actions.
Be generous in acknowledging the talents and achievements of your co-workers and teammates. Congratulate a colleague who recently published a paper in a prestigious journal or completed a project on time and under budget. Thank the mail room staff for delivering a proposal in time for a tight deadline. Simple gestures can have lasting effects.
Recognize teamwork. Thank others individually and in public for how they contribute to group victories. Host a party or write a letter expressing your gratitude.
Speak directly and respectfully. Thank your coworkers for sharing their viewpoints. Don't hide behind jargon but do remember to be tactful.
Disagreements are unavoidable. Hold yourself accountable for your actions and apologize when needed. Be courteous, even when you find yourself on the opposing side of an issue.
We believe communication is the key to effective leadership. We convey so much through our words, tone, and body language. [find out more]
Focus on strengths.
Remember to pay attention to the things you and your co-workers do well. Everyone's strengths are the essence of your company's culture and the foundation you can build upon to keep growing.
If you're struggling to discover your team's strengths or not sure how they "play together" talk to us about i3 profiling and team dynamix
Give back to the community.
Your company's philanthropy and community programs say a lot about the corporate culture. Take part in initiatives you care about, such as collecting for food banks or volunteer outings. Suggest new programs that are appropriate for your company's mission.
You'll find your work more meaningful and gratifying when your employer's corporate culture aligns with your own values.
Whatever your job title, you CAN have a positive influence on the practices in your workplace.
Further Reading to Help Understand Company Culture:-
- i3 Team Dynamix
- Spot The Difference
- 25 Tips for Improving Organisation Behaviour, Culture and People
- Workplace Bullying Or Coercive Control?
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