6 easy ways to improve your company culture

Corporate culture is, in short, “how the sausage is made”. These are the attitudes, relationship dynamics and general mindset of people within a company.

Company culture also matters a lot. A survey of nearly 2,000 North American CEOs and CFOs (and interviews with 16 people in those positions) conducted by Columbia Business School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business found that:

  • 92% of business leaders say a better corporate culture would increase the value of the company.
  • More than half of the executives surveyed think corporate culture impacts profitability, growth rates, and employee productivity and creativity.

And culture might matter more than ever now. Websites like Glassdoor make it easier for employees to voice their concerns and for candidates to discover the true nature of a workplace.

In your recruiting and hiring practices, you’ll need a good (and honest) answer to questions about your company culture. The following tips can lead you to proudly brag about the great and supportive environment in your organization.

How to Improve Company Culture in Your Workplace

Here are some ways to make your company culture as good as possible.

1. Keep the lines of communication open

From entry level to senior management, everyone should feel they can voice any concerns about their work experience. Here are some ways to do it:

  • Provide employees with regular opportunities to submit anonymous company feedback
  • Schedule regular one-on-one meetings between managers and employees
  • Show employees that their involvement and opinions matter by asking for both

Offering your appreciation for dedicated effort and growth will encourage employees to contribute their best work and feel proud to contribute to a supportive work environment.

2. Ease of any micromanagement

Employees value autonomy in their working day. And now that many companies are moving to remote or hybrid models, employees expect less control over when and where they work.

And businesses worried about remote work-related productivity dips can probably rest easy. According to Owl Labs’ State of Remote Work 2021 report, only one percent of workers surveyed said they were less productive working from home during the pandemic.

In addition, nearly half of employees said they would take a pay cut of up to five percent if they could continue to work remotely at least some of the time.

Many companies also offer flexibility in working hours, allowing employees to choose the exact time slots they work. Although not all industries can do this, office managers who box should consider the benefits – like giving reliable workers more control, providing better work-life balance and preventing burnout.

3. Show your appreciation to your employees

When there are successes – even small victories – celebrate them. Cultivate a corporate culture where everyone praise each other victories. This will build pride in the company as a whole.

4. Synchronize management actions with company values

Of course, you need to be clear about your company’s values. But also remember that actions speak louder than words. Do business leaders live and work by these values? If not, employees will notice and you will have bitter workers rather than a positive culture.

5. Support teamwork and positive employee relations

The best corporate cultures favor actions that bring everyone together as a team. After all, we spend a large part of our life at work; it should be a place full of support for each other.

Team building exercises and events (funded by the company) are fantastic examples of creating a supportive workplace.

6. Run Routine Company Culture Audits

Finally, check in often on how your company culture is doing. Regular audits will examine what employees think of your company and its culture. You can detect problems and solve them quickly, reduce turnover and improve the company’s image while ensuring employee satisfaction.