Before setting up a business, many entrepreneurs start off with a vision of some sort. There is an idea of what to sell, how to sell it and to whom. Already from the start, there might also be an idea about the culture of the business itself. How people will work and communicate within the business.
Culture is the environment that surrounds us all the time. A workplace culture is values, belief systems, attitudes and set of assumptions that people in a workplace share. This is shaped by individual upbringing, social and cultural context. However, in a workplace, the leadership and the strategic organisational directions and management influence the workplace culture to a huge extent.
A positive workplace culture will improve teamwork, raise the morale, increase productivity and efficiency and enhance retention of the workforce. Job satisfaction, collaboration, and work performance are all enhanced. And, maybe most importantly, a positive workplace environment reduces stress in employees.
How can you create a positive workplace culture in your business?
It is important to have a set of clear organisational core values that are communicated effectively and discussed with the employees so that they feel part of it.
The company’s mission needs to not only be communicated, but also acted upon. It is the commitment that a company makes to certain policies and actions. If the employees feel an individual and personal responsibility towards these values, it will ensure that they can evaluate their own attitudes towards these positive core values, and take pride in them.
Leadership and a management style that encourages teamwork and an open and honest communication, is vital to creating a positive feeling in the workplace. Have regular audits to evaluate how people are interacting with each other, welcome feedback, listen to it and use it for improvements. Give your team opportunities to nurture and foster connections outside of work.
Make sure to foster only positive and fair behaviour from the start.
Create an inclusive work environment. A positive workplace is one where all the employees are valued, supported and nurtured irrespective of gender, sexual orientation or colour. Value individual differences in the workforce and make everyone feel welcome and accepted.
Create clear goals and rewards for the employees. Motivated and engaged employees can be created if they are treated equally and have clear goals that they can work towards. Having a transparent policy for progression and promotion offers the staff an opportunity to measure performance.
A positive culture in the workplace is essential for fostering a sense of pride and ownership amongst the employees. When people take pride, they invest their future in the organisation and work hard to create opportunities that will benefit the organisation. This is the kind of stability and security a start-up needs and shaping the workplace from the start will help build the right environment, in accordance with your entrepreneurial vision.