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Eight ways to improve company culture

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An organisation’s culture is an increasingly hot topic. With a dynamic workforce that is regularly changing jobs – and even careers – there is an expectation that those new to a company need to feel that it’s more than a place to simply show up and do their job. There is a growing expectation that our workplace should give us a sense of belonging.

However building a strong organisational culture is however not a simple exercise – it varies across sectors – and it certainly isn’t an undertaking that can be rushed. There is no magic formula.

With this in mind, here are eight handy tips for creating a strong company culture.

No.1: How should the place feel?Consider the atmosphere that will achieve the best results. Create in your mind a picture of what it is you want your company culture to look like and feel like. You then need to be proactive in gathering a team of individuals to shape the environment – people who can work towards a common goal, are like-minded, and can work together to build you’re your organisation’s culture.

No. 2: Create ground rulesThis involves setting boundaries – both internally and externally – expected behaviours your teams should follow. These boundaries help to shape the core of your culture, encapsulated by the values the business will stand for and operate under.

No. 3: Setting a visionOnce you have this foundation, you can add a common vision and purpose and then start to define each individual’s role in achievement it.

No. 4: Establish clear accountabilitiesYour team needs to understand their role. Considering that you’ll have different people at different levels of skill and experience, these roles will help establish the expectations of each individual.

No. 5: GoalsWork out realistic goals and targets for each individual. New hires will most likely require a little more attention to ensure they understand how the company culture helps them meet their personal needs.

No. 6: Appoint mentorsA key component of bringing culture to life comes through mentorship. Your company’s more experienced people – with a sound grasp of the culture, can play a key part in coaching new recruits.

No. 7: It takes timeLeaders should be mindful that they seen as key representatives of the culture. Set aside ample time for communication with your team, listening to their ideas and concerns.

No. 8: Culture boosts confidenceIf you have a strong culture, individuals will feel encouraged and inspired to work and achieve. As an added bonus, you’ll have greater retention.

Parts of this article were first published on the Michael Page website.

Image: Michael Page

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