Assess your current culture
Building a company culture from scratch is easy when you’re just starting out. After all, culture starts with the very person you hire. Their set of beliefs and values will help dictate the kind of culture that will develop. However, if you already have an established organization or company, you’ll need to assess and redefine your company culture if you want to see some improvements.
Here are some simple steps to understand, change, and improve your existing company culture:
Define your values
Make sure that you know and identify the values that underpin your business operations. Otherwise, it won’t be easy for you to determine what you want your company culture to look like. Some examples of questions that you should ask yourself when defining your company values are the following:
Institutionalize the culture
After you’ve identified the kind of culture that you want to have in your company, the next step is to create and implement new systems and standard operating procedures. These policies and processes should reinforce the existence of the new culture. Furthermore, they must be scalable and can easily accommodate the growth of your company.
Here are some ways to encourage the permanence of a new company culture:
The foundation of every good company culture is employee trust. It is unfortunate that a lot of larger corporations experience an increasing sense of alienation and distrust between their employees and leaders. Communication issues are often the culprit as managers in these bigger companies don’t get the chance to know all the employees and develop a closer, more personal relationship.
Good communication is always the key for building trust. Improvements on communication lines can be improved by making time for one-on-one meetings, providing employees with autonomy and accountability, and making them feel valued and appreciated.
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