Workplace culture is an essential component of a company’s success. In a podcast hosted by Karl Palachuck titled Culture, Motivation, and Jacob “Juicebox” Wellman, Sherweb account executives Jacob Wellman and Nicholas Ford share tips on how to create a fun culture at work. Those tips, along with a few others, can really shape the way your workplace operates.
1. Be positive!
A simple initiative to implement in your company’s day-to-day activities is to foster a positive mindset. What does that mean for an organization? Creating this workplace mindset can be as easy as a few steps. First, start appreciating the little wins. If a person in the sales team meets his or her quota, publicly recognize them. It doesn’t have to be a flashy award; it could be an email to the team highlighting their success. The acknowledgment is what is important. Another way to encourage positivity is to show gratitude for teammates. If someone helped you complete a task, send them a thank you note via email or within a collaboration tool like Teams. You could even do this through a shared channel so that everybody can join in. Lastly, fostering healthy coworker relationships through social committees is another way to create a great culture within the company.
2. Create social committees
As Nick and Jacob alluded to in their interview, having a social committee can improve the morale of the workplace. Social committees help to create “formalized fun” by holding staff events, volunteer opportunities, coveted company swag, holiday parties…and FOOD! A lot of food. These fun clubs tailored by and for employees help create stronger bonds between team members and increase overall employee engagement. Hosting on-site and off-site events for team members gives those that wouldn’t normally interact a chance to meet new people in the organization. Volunteering is a great way to mix service with fun. Going to a local animal shelter or working a shift at the soup kitchen as a team puts action to a company’s mission to service. If your company doesn’t have a social committee but wants to create one, start small. The internet is full of great suggestions on what you can do. And be sure to consult with your team mates to know what they want to do, build from the ground up.
3. Support self-learning in the workplace
Continuous training for employees is one of the main drivers of retention. LinkedIn’s 2019 Workforce Learning Report cited 94% of its respondents said that “they would stay at a company longer if it simply invested in helping them learn.” That’s huge! Nick and Jacob also mentioned this as a great way to improve the workplace culture. Letting employees continue to grow job skills for their current roles as well as the roles they aspire to be in also creates efficiency. Keep that talent in-house as long as possible. Utilizing learning management systems like QuickHelp can go a long way for employee morale. Invest in your employees.
4. Set tangible goals and offer rewards
Let workers create their own goals (outside of sales quotas, of course). It fosters an independent workforce, which in turn can create a happier workforce. Create bi-weekly/monthly syncs with management to see how each person progresses with their goals. Managers should step in if their subordinates have trouble meeting milestones. Incentivize people for meeting goals, no matter how small. Like Jacob’s nickname, Juicebox, he would earn the kiddie drink for meeting his milestones. If he didn’t complete the entire goal, he’d allow himself a partial juicebox, one without a straw. Creating contests among sales reps is a great way to boost company morale and reward reps for a job well done.
5. Work-life Balance
There are many ways to achieve work-life balance: prioritizing your health, setting work hours and sticking to them, unplugging and taking a vacation, etc. Companies should consider giving employees a gym stipend and an extra half hour at lunch to work out. They can allow the option to work from home one or more day(s) a week. Encouraging workers to go off-grid during vacation times is also a must. No one wants to feel like they have one foot in the office when they should be enjoying their time in the [insert your dream vacation]. Work-life balance is rarely going to be a fifty-fifty split even when you try to make it so. It’s an equilibrium that many people have to consciously strive for on a daily or weekly basis.
When work culture is good, it creates a place teeming with innovation and improved efficiency. When a company’s amazing culture precedes itself, it also fosters retention among its employees and becomes a key marketing advantage when looking for new candidates to fill the ranks. When the workplace culture isn’t good, it can destroy a company.
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