10 Dead Simple Ways to Improve Your Company Culture

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Great company cultures don’t happen by accident, but it’s easier than you might think to build one. Start with these 10 steps.

  • Great post, and all these points matter. Especially important is the realization that you can't change the culture overnight. What interests me though is how company culture could also play in the hiring process. You want your culture to improve with each new hire. And with today's job market, your culture mattes, and can influence people to send in their CV. For this, I recommend introducing collaborative hiring as a part of your company culture. What I mean by this is creating a culture where every person can be involved with the hiring process. For example: instead of using a hiring manager, the whole team helps in scouting talent. Applicants are not only judged by one person, but by their future peers and co-workers. This can lead to better hires: The candidates fit the company culture better, for starters. At Recruitee, we've developed our platform around this way of hiring new talent. Some of our tips to get this started are available in this free white paper: https://goo.gl/SFVfRG
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  • Any cultural change needs patience and perseverance.
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  • Great article. I'm an aerospace engineer, working in Reliability, Maintainability, Safety (RMS), and Logistics. I just interviewed at small comany in Huntsville, AL for a Reliability position supporting the Army, and in the end it wasn't what you expected. The offer came well under what the average Reliability Engineer made there, and no flexiblity beside the typical PTO package (less than you'd expect for 38 yrs +) I read-up on it on Glassdoor. They had issues with raises and compensation. You hope for the best. IF they like you, hope or expect things to go smoothly. I just wish more companies embrace these values. Improving your company culture, inviting employees t particpate, feel valued, ...all helps toward your brand and what you stand for. It's an evolving thing. (They are not a bad employer, but something is missing.) Not so with all companies. They thought they did well. It became a flat take it or leave it.From all I know, even in the not perfect fit jobs, you should pay and compensate candidates appropriately. I hope they figure out what other good comanies do to embelish employees, changing a culture and decreasing turn-over and value new talent as they look at new candidates. (Not sure if this is representative of Govt. sub-contractors. ) Working with the govt. has its share of pluses and minuses. Perhaps good salaries and compensation for govt. sub-contractors are a thing of the past. You can't win them all .(I pray they review things. Meanwhile, I will pray for other opportunties and wish them well.)
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10 Dead Simple Ways to Improve Your Company Culture

  1. 1. Great company cultures don’t happen by accident.
  2. 2. But it’s easier than you might think to build one.
  3. 3. Start with these ten steps.
  4. 4. Step 1 Embrace Transparency
  5. 5. Transparency is the key to building a strong organizational culture, and an engaged team. Don’t ask: “Is it absolutely necessary to share this information with the team?” Do Ask: “Is it absolutely necessary to keep this information from the team?”
  6. 6. Step 2 Recognize and Reward Valuable Contributions
  7. 7. Employees make valuable contributions to your organization every day. Recognize and reward their contributions, and make it ridiculously easy for everyone on your team to do the same. Companies that exhibit a recognition-rich culture tend to have dramatically lower turnover rates.
  8. 8. Step 3 Cultivate Strong Coworker Relationships
  9. 9. Think about both the physical and cultural environment in your organization. Is it conducive to building strong relationships? If it isn’t, engineer spaces and situations that promote coworker interaction.
  10. 10. Step 4 Embrace and inspire employee autonomy
  11. 11. Trust your employees to manage their responsibilities effectively. Let go of the idea that work has to happen a certain way at a certain time. Help your team grow from being held accountable, to embracing autonomy and ownership.
  12. 12. Step 5 Practice Flexibility
  13. 13. Modern organizations understand the value of practicing flexibility. It can improve morale and even reduce turnover. A CareerBuilder survey of nearly four thousand workers revealed flexibility as one of the biggest drivers of employee retention.
  14. 14. Step 6 Communicate Purpose and Passion
  15. 15. Purpose is not exclusive, and there are no "purpose professions." Find out what's important to your employees, and where that intersects with your organizational goals. The better you understand your team’s goals and aspirations, the better you can help your team to see the purpose in their work.
  16. 16. Step 7 Promote a Team Atmosphere
  17. 17. Your employees and your coworkers are not simply a group of other people you work with; they are integral members of your team. Promote a team atmosphere and accomplish more together than you ever could as individuals.
  18. 18. Step 8 Encourage Regular Feedback
  19. 19. Employees don't get enough regular feedback, and when they do it's often vague or perceived as inauthentic. It's vital to give employees the tools they need to understand when and why they're doing well, and how to fix it when they're not.
  20. 20. Step 9 Stay True to Your Core Values
  21. 21. Make your core values more than bullet points on your 'about us' page. Core values are a company's guiding light. They're the inseparable principals at the heart of an organization.
  22. 22. Step 10 Devote Effort and Resources to Building Culture
  23. 23. Building a company culture takes time and energy. It doesn't just happen. A great company culture is a constant work in progress, because as a company evolves, so do its constituents. Devote time and effort toward developing and nurturing your organizational culture.
  24. 24. And that’s it.
  25. 25. These 10 steps are all you need to build a great Company Culture
  26. 26. Stop reading these slides and build one.
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