• Rebecca Mackenzie

The 5 Do’s and Don’ts to creating a better work culture.

Having a healthy and happy work culture is extremely important.The reason it is important is because it is linked to employee happiness, engagement, productivity, and the rate of retention. Below are the five Do’s and Don’ts to creating and maintaining a positive work culture.

The Do’s

  • DO: Set clear departmental goals

In order to have tangible results you should first outline the objectives of each team. This helps guide each team member's performance but also encourages them to collaborate and work together. Make sure to ask for feedback in order to adjust quotas and KPIs. If your team is meeting requirements without breaking a sweat then you may want to adjust the team's target goal

  • DO: Promote the organization’s goals

In addition to setting goals in each department, make sure all of the employees know the organization’s long-term objectives. This will make each individual feel a sense of professional purpose. This can create a sense of motivation and show that each role has value towards achieving the company’s mission.

  • DO: Promote diversity and inclusivity

In order to create a positive and inclusive work culture you should welcome individuals from all backgrounds and celebrate their differences. Encourage employees to share their pronouns to promote inclusive language. You should consider establishing a committee to contribute to diversity initiatives.

  • DO: Prioritize Respect

Everyone should feel heard and valued regardless of their status within the company. New employees bring a fresh perspective and Interns offer a greater advantage than to just be tasked with busy work. You never know where the next big idea may come from, so everyone should have a seat at the table.

  • DO: Establish a strict zero tolerance policy

Not only is it important to create a welcoming environment but it is also important for employees to know their rights and that they are protected within the workplace. A crucial part of a positive work culture is allowing employees to speak freely about the issues they are facing both in and outside of the office. They should also have access to support and resources they need.

The Don’ts

  • DON’T: Encourage employees to work through lunch.

Even though lunch breaks are not legally required, allowing employees to take some time each day to shut off their computers can create a positive work culture. We are all human and it is unrealistic and unhealthy to expect employees to continuously create quality work over the course of eight hours without a break. Regular breaks have been shown to improve productivity and those who take breaks everyday have a desire to actively contribute to the organization.

  • DON’T: Reschedules one-on-ones

If you have set aside to meet with an employee individually you should honor that meeting. Doing so will show you have value and respect the individual’s time, and care about what they have to say.

  • DON’T: Let disengaged employees hang around

An engaged workforce will help propel your company forward, while disengaged employees will actively get in the way. If you notice individuals who are counterproductive to your team’s success, pull them aside to discuss their behavior. If nothing changes after making an effort to address the situation then it is time to part ways with that individual.

  • DON’T: Limit learning opportunities to job descriptions

Building a variety of skills is important for a positive work experience. Allow employees to pursue their passions inside and outside the office. You should also encourage employees to share information with each other. Exchange of knowledge will lead to improved employee relationships and collaboration.

  • DON’T: Hire for culture fit

A critical part of creating a diverse workplace is hiring for culture add and not culture fits. You should identify candidates that embody your core values and who offer a unique perspective. You want to continue to develop and grow your culture and company so look for candidates who will productively add to your team and not someone who will fit a mold.

Overall, it is important to keep in mind all of the do’s and don’ts for workplace culture. A positive, healthy, and happy work culture will not only create strong bonds and relationships within the office but also outside of the office. People are more likely to work in a healthy environment rather than a place that has poor work culture.

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