Employees have never been less likely to stay in one company for the entirety of their career. Millennials, in particular, are more than happy to swap employers every few years to seek the best opportunities, which is why company culture has never been more important. It’s vital to create an environment in which your employees are happy, valued and fulfilled to keep your staff turnover at a minimum. So, where do you begin?
1. Start from the top
Lead by example. If you are trying to develop a coherent company culture, make sure that all of your managers and directors buy into it. Only if everyone is fully committed will you be able to convince those at the bottom of the pyramid to adapt their ways of working to fit your new ethos. Junior employees look up to their managers and learn from their methods. You’ll find that your new company culture will become second nature to the newest members of your teams as long as their managers are dedicated to making it happen.
2. Set values
All of the most successful companies of the 21st century have a set of company values for employees to work to. Amazon, Google and Uber all have core values which unite all of their employees across all offices, departments and divisions. Think long and hard about what yours should be. Make them relevant, accessible and achievable and try to relate each one back to what you do.
Once you’ve decided which values you are going to use, make these values visible. Post them on your internal and external websites, circulate them to all existing members of staff and new starters and maybe even distribute a press release detailing the values. Provide examples of steps that the company has taken already to fit in with these values, whether you’ve introduced managed print services to help monitor excessive use of paper, or perhaps introduced a living wage to make employees feel valued.
3. Set goals
Are you looking to achieve 10% growth in the next year? Do you want to cut down your waste by 30%? Want to start a working relationship with a particular client? Let the whole business know your aims and make sure that every single person across the business can see where they fit into this. Then it’s not just the relevant department who gets to celebrate their successes, but everyone can come together to celebrate.
4. Platforms for communication
Cultivating a good company culture is an ongoing process, you have to be willing and able to adapt and improve as time goes on. Invite feedback from people working at all levels of the business. Set up a forum for everybody to be able to make suggestions about what is or is not working so that you can modify your methods and constantly develop and improve on your company culture throughout the years.
ASL Group is a managed document solutions company, that streamlines and improves the print operations of its clients: http://asl-group.co.uk/