By Scott Vollero
When a business is successful, much of the credit goes to the dedicated team that comes to work and gives their all every single day. Putting a great team together and creating an atmosphere conducive to creativity as well as innovative thinking doesn’t just happen. The most effective leaders work hard to create a positive company culture that encourages team members to feel invested in the business and care about its success.
If you’re a team leader or executive who’d like to create or improve your business’s working environment, follow these seven tips to build a positive company culture.
- Show Your Appreciation: According to a recent study called the Science of Happiness, happy employees are not only 85 percent more efficient, but they’re absent from work 60 percent less and remain in their jobs twice as long as those who are less than happy. What’s the best way to increase happiness levels in team members? It’s gratitude and appreciation team members receive from leaders.
“Showing appreciation doesn’t necessarily mean a full-blown pronouncement in front of everyone. It means as you talk to staff throughout the day, you mention something positive about their work.” —Scott Vollero
Thank them for a job well done. Tell them you appreciate the extra effort they put in on a project. If you build a positive relationship with each employee, you also motivate them.
- Recognize Achievements: Of course, there are times when someone worked over and above the call of duty, helping the company in a substantial way. Applauding such a performance department-wide not only shows your appreciation for the work done by an individual, but it’s a great way to bring the team together as they cheer for one another.
- Celebrate Personal Milestones: Employees are not automatons. They are individuals with personal lives, talents, faults, hopes and dreams. To celebrate the human aspect of your staff, celebrate milestones even if they have nothing to do with work. For example, celebrating birthdays is a wonderful way to appreciate individuals as well as build camaraderie. Is someone expecting a baby? How about having an in-office baby shower? Milestones are important parts of everyone’s life and recognizing personal milestones at work fosters a positive culture.
- Pull Together in Crisis: Someone on staff will invariably become ill, lose a loved one or suffer some other type of catastrophe. When that happens, be the first to pull everyone together and figure out ways to help. Perhaps it’s collecting donations or organizing a fundraiser. Be there when employees need you.
- Have Fun Together: Plan gatherings such as a summer picnic and holiday party where team members and their families get together and enjoy one another’s company.
- Provide the Right Work Environment for Varied Personalities: You probably have some extroverts on your team, you probably have some introverts on your team and you probably have some who fall in between. Each member brings a unique and varied set of skills and talents. Introverts generally work best in a quiet area without distractions. Extroverts generally prefer to be around people. Give each team member the surroundings they require to keep the creative juices flowing.
- Inspire With a Purpose: As leader, it’s your job to inspire. Simply handing out tasks does not inspire employees. Instead, give each member the big picture and explain why the task they’re being given is so important. Emphasize that the role they perform within the company genuinely means something. Engaging team members in long-term goals builds a sense of purpose and feeling of investment in the company’s success.
Scott Vollero is an international entrepreneur and expert in the precious metals and automotive parts recycling industries.