Between Zoom meetings, project deadlines, and sales presentations, it’s easy to recede into our own work silos and for work to happen on autopilot. The corporate vision and values that make up your company culture get thrown by the wayside.
A healthy workplace is critical to employee recruitment, retention, and productivity. This means it’s more important than ever to take the abstract ideas that make up your company culture and implement them into the everyday workplace for employees. Below we share a few simple ways you can humanize your company culture.
1. Prioritize Work-Life Balance
Do managers frequently joke that they never have time for a vacation? Or do you email employees on weekends? These things might seem small, but they send the wrong message to employees. Furthermore, it’s these little things that go together to create the company culture.
If this is you, it’s time for a reset. You and your team aren’t machines. Take time to step away from work so you can come back refreshed. One of the best ways to improve work-life balance among your employees is by modeling it yourself. Don’t send emails at 10 p.m. on Fridays. Encourage your team to take time off (and not check their email while they’re on vacation or taking time off).
2. Review Your Company’s Policies
If your company has been in business a while (maybe you’ve reached the milestone of 100 years in business), it’s time to review your workplace policies.
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3. Invest in Employee Health and Wellness
Company yoga classes or subscriptions to healthy snack boxes aren’t frivolous, they’re critical to the health of your company.
Investing in the health of employees reduces lost work days by 80%, and generally, every dollar you invest in your team’s health yields six dollars in savings. Investing in a wellness program also increases employee loyalty.
4. Show Appreciation for Your Employees
We’re often quick to point out mistakes when something goes wrong. But too often, as company leaders, we take for granted that the company is running smoothly because employees are doing something right.
Make sure you acknowledge your employees’ hard work. You can surprise employees with a special lunch or an Amazon gift card. But you don’t always have to buy them things. Take the time to write (or say) a simple thank-you for their efforts, or give them a shout-out on social media.
Also, by modeling this behavior, you’ll encourage your employees to practice gratitude for their colleagues as well. This helps you further develop a workplace culture of positivity and gratitude.
5. Provide Professional Development Opportunities
According to a LinkedIn report, 94% of employees would consider staying at a company that offers professional development opportunities. It’s not enough to simply say that daily job duties will help your team to grow. You need to invest in learning so they can grow their career at the company.
By providing learning opportunities, you show employees that you’re invested in them and their careers. You can offer workshops, lunch and learns, or even provide stipends to attend conferences or take courses at a local university.
Create a Culture That Gets Employees Raving About You
Your company culture isn’t just a statement on a website. It’s in the everyday things you do and how your employees interact with leaders and coworkers at work.
By following these simple steps, you can start to humanize your company culture so that employees feel appreciated and become loyal advocates for your company.
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