Boston Centerless - Precision Matters Magazine Fall 2018 - Page 13

COMPANY CULTURE HOW TO CREATE A COHESIVE COMPANY CULTURE IT USED to be that having jobs that paid well and offered growth potential were enough to keep workers engaged and committed. Not so anymore. Millennials are here and expect a workplace that contributes positively to their work-life balance. One aspect of this is having an environment that’s inclusive and fun. Creating a strong company culture is not as difficult a feat as you may think. In fact, it’s even possible to do without affecting the bottom line. And if having an enjoyable workplace wasn’t enough, research suggests that injecting fun into work can increase productivity and reduce turnover. Sound like a party you want to attend? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Ownership at Every Level Employees that feel connected to the business on a personal level will be far more committed and experience greater job satisfaction. This means management must be able to demonstrate to each individual how he or she fits into the bigger picture and why the individual’s job is important. Using dashboards and the like give individuals the freedom to make their own decisions and this will contribute to a sense of ownership. Being trusted to do the job and to work in a way that draws upon each individual’s skills and knowledge is extremely empowering and leads to high levels of job satisfaction. Lead by Example It’s very difficult to ask employees to demonstrate certain behaviors if, as the leader, you’re not willing to abide by the same rules yourself. Whether it’s offering transparent and clear communication or acting with integrity and respect, if you want to create a positive culture, you have to lead by example. Staff will respect a management team that is committed to the same goals and hold themselves accountable to the same high standards that they expect of their staff. This creates a culture of everyone being “on the same side” rather than an “us versus them” mentality that can be so damaging. Melissa Weldon Melissa Weldon is the Director of Human Resources at Boston Centerless. Her 10 plus years of HR experience was gained working in various industries, such as, Healthcare, Food Distribution, and Technology. Prior to joining Boston Centerless, she worked for Markem- Imaje Corporation and C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Melissa specializes in Organizational Development, Integrations, and Building Positive Company Culture and Engagement. Communicate Small and Big News All too often, company communication only occurs when there’s some big news that needs to be conveyed, and this news is often negative. Encouraging two-way communication at all levels can help to create a more open work culture, removing some of the negativity. Tools such as Slack or Google Hangouts can help to improve communication in companies that work across multiple locations or where remote working is permitted. Encourage individuals to share information about their workloads, projects, and successes and you’ll find the workforce will naturally become more cohesive. Don’t Forget to Have Fun! While all of the above are important aspects of creating a positive culture, injecting fun into the workplace is the final piece of the puzzle. Whether it’s low-level competitions, celebrating odd holidays, small wins, or events, finding ways to lower the corporate facade and get to know each other on a personal level will inspire loyalty and respect. All this will lead to the highly sought- after company culture that will benefit one and all. 13   