There is nothing more important to a business than its employee culture.
Truth be told, the biggest challenge is keeping employees motivated. A motivated employee can create a positive work environment while keeping productivity at optimal levels. Usually, a positive employee’s attitude will spread like wildfire amongst other employees.
The same can be said for an unmotivated employee. Their attitudes can be destructive and demoralizing. We all know how detrimental this can be to any business.
If your employees are happy, your business will reap the benefits. Productivity, employee retention, customer experience, and growth will all improve due to the culture of your business.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend 8.8 hours a day in the workplace. That is more than the average 7.7 we spend sleeping at night. The fact is, we now spend more time with our co-workers than we do our own families.
Are your employees happy and motivated? Or are they uninspired and negative? These are crucial questions to ask yourself because they could be costing you valuable resources. If your employees are uninspired and unmotivated the problem could be within your office culture.
How to create a positive employee culture?
Making small adjustments to your current habits can drastically improve the culture of your business. Your employees will be motivated to produce more and inspired to put their best foot forward.
Here are 6 tips on how to improve your employee culture:
- Be Efficient – Consider how your business is currently operating and be open to the potential of changing the way you work. Is there a better way that staff members could structure their day to help them achieve their daily goals?
- Reduce Distractions—Social media can be a huge productivity killer, but it isn’t practical to have a no-phone policy. Instead, try to keep employees focused and engaged while allowing them breathing room. Encourage employees to turn off their mobiles but take regular breaks during which they can be free to check their phones. This will ensure that the time spent at their desk is more productive.
- Know your employee’s background– Our motivation for work is a huge factor on how we will perform in the workplace. A college student working in the daytime and going to school at night has a different motivation for working than that of a single mother having to feed two kids. Understanding your employee’s motivation will allow you to structure a support system that is both beneficial and motivating for each employee.
- Celebrate victories no matter how small– when an employee sees that every positive contribution to the team is acknowledged, they know their actions count and what they do is really making a difference.
- Train, train, and more training– Nothing worse than not knowing what to do or what is expected of you. Employees will feel confused and frustrated. Everyone hates not knowing what to do. An employee is more likely to be a producer when they understand what exactly is expected of them and they are given the training to perform such tasks. Proper training inspires confidence and confidence lead to employees that are productive.
- Offer Support and Set Realistic Goals– Do your employees need an incentive to stay on track? Help them by offering goals that are achievable. Provide clear direction to supervisors and employees to help clarify expectations. This will help to increase their productivity, as they will have a clear focus and goals.
Do you have any tips that you have worked for your employees? Tell us what’s worked for you!