Company culture, or workplace culture, usually relates to the social and operational policies, nuanced customs, and overall atmosphere of a particular business. Workplace culture can make or break your business. Whether you are an owner, a manager, or a team member, you have the ability to effect change in your company’s culture (you will have more power to do so in higher roles). In order to improve your workplace culture, you should learn some tenants that will help guide your initiatives. We will explain these and then discuss incorporating them into your role or company. If you are looking for new opportunities, this may also be a helpful guide to evaluating potential employers’ workplace culture.
Features of a Good Workplace Culture
This is not an exhaustive list, but the qualities below will help promote a healthy and successful office culture.
Mistakes and errors will happen. No matter the staff, facility, equipment, or goal, sometimes things will go wrong. With each of these problems, there’s a choice to make between handling it constructively or destructively. Constructive responses are task-focused, caring, and scale-appropriate. Destructive responses are individual-focused, careless, and can be blown out of proportion. Constructively managing your team’s shortcomings can be beneficial for both parties, leading to improved operations and employee wellbeing. Destructively managing these shortcomings may breed resentment of business operations and negatively affect your team’s health and happiness.
Mistakes aren’t the only thing that makes us human. We all have a life outside of work, and sometimes that life finds a way in. Things like childcare, spousal needs, and personal care can sometimes conflict with work hours. Even if they don’t, the mental and physical stress of these events can affect your work performance. Understanding and accepting this concept can greatly improve your company’s culture. Balancing accountability and leniency can be very beneficial to building trust while maintaining effective operations.
Business operations are obviously very important to a company’s success, and they need to be handled correctly. This is not the end of the road, though. Being enthusiastic about your role can add to the value that a job well done brings. Especially in a managing position, this quality can have a big effect on your team. You can influence the motivation and morale of your coworkers, and it may even improve your feelings toward your own job. If you face your company’s users/clients/customers, this is all the more important. Your demeanor can tell them a lot about the business and what they can expect from its services.
Building a Company Culture
Now that you know about values associated with a healthy company culture, you can begin promoting it in your business.
Policy & Standards
Sometimes you can have a good culture without consciously trying to do so. Other times, usually during rebuilding or M&As, a company may need to explicitly dictate what it expects in terms of workplace culture. Plans may include training, expectations, and management of the key skills mentioned above. You can do this a number of ways, but many companies opt to use staffing and/or consulting firms to help them with this. They supply companies with an experienced professional or teams of them to help structure culture plans and implement them into their operations. Regardless if you turn to a firm or generate your plan internally, it can be critical to jumpstarting a successful culture.
As with many topics of work optimization, management is a key part of building a healthy office culture. If you wish to establish a given workplace culture, you must make sure to cultivate it within your senior managers and executives. The leaders of your organization are often the most looked up to and the most able to effect change. They usually interface with a lot of team members, providing many opportunities to lead by example. Leaders are also in the best position to enforce and manage policies or initiatives, given the authority of their role. This also means that if you are in a senior role, you can even significantly affect your company’s culture without an organization-wide initiative.
Incorporating your culture values into your hiring process is a great way to promote your business’s culture. Having a good understanding of what culture you want will help you communicate it in the interviewing process. This means that you can factor your applicants’ affinity to your culture in your decisions. If a business feels overwhelmed by the sometimes-tedious hiring processes, they can turn to staffing and recruiting firms. These firms have deep networks and diligent recruiters, heavily increasing your hiring power. If you are an individual looking for a new role, you can also use this vice versa. Asking your potential employer for culture information if not already given it can help you find a position that you would thrive in.
blueStone’s Workplace Culture
We are very committed to our culture at blueStone Staffing Solutions. We put a lot of effort into our hiring process, selecting team members that align with our beliefs and wishes for the firm’s future. Our senior management also leads by example, promoting a constructive, human, and enthusiastic environment.
blueStone Staffing is a Certified Woman-Owned IT Staffing Company. We were founded in 2002. One of North America’s premier staffing firms, we assist mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients. We find talented candidates that can help complete your project on time and within budget. Our company is transforming the staffing industry. blueStone has excelled over the last 19 years, becoming the vendor of choice for many of the Fortune 1000 companies located in the United States. We hope to be the consultant that you trust your professional IT project needs to! We will surround you with meaningful attention. Our team creates long-term relationships with our clients, candidates, and associates. In brief, we help great people execute their vision.
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