Effective Ways to Build a Strong Company Culture
It is a fact that not all companies are healthy. Some are hanging by a thread, while others are breathing their last breath. Is it because of poor management or terrible working conditions? Is it a lack of monetary compensation? While all of these things contribute to the success or downfall of a company, the core problem of all these is the culture of a company or organization as a whole.
If you have studied management or attended management trainings and seminars, you will often hear experts say that productive employees are those who are empowered employees. This means that if a person knows his worth and value in a team, he will perform more efficiently and productively. This kind of empowerment comes from a strong and effective company culture. If you are a leader, how do you build such?
The first step to a successful company always starts on the leadership – the ability of the leader to understand and acknowledge the needs and desires of the people under him. A true leader will always take the time to ask what motivates a person. This is very crucial because each person is unique; therefore, it takes discernment to know what works for each by learning how to listen.
Listening, however, isn’t enough. You also need to do something about it; thus, the next step is taking action to the problems and expectations that were presented to you. This part is crucial and the most difficult as it can overwhelm you to take action immediately. In order not to fail in this area, focus on each one and giving priority to the most important.
Once you are able to identify the needs and priorities of the company, do not be afraid to ask the cooperation of your employees. Gather their ideas and suggestions how to improve and strengthen the company. Once your employees feel that their opinions matter and that they are part of the success of the company, it will be easy to keep the ideas coming. Entertain all ideas even if you think differently about it.
You can further strengthen this collaboration by making them follow through their own ideas and suggestions. This, of course, happens under your guidance and leadership to avoid chaos. Get the idea across that you are willing to test their ideas using concrete methods to make it more effective and workable. Under this phase, make sure that you do not forget to properly reward and appropriately praise those people who really did well. On the other hand, do not fail to encourage those who don’t to do much better next time as failure is not the end but another way of finding a more effective solution for success.