Company culture is a crucial part of having a successful business. Everyone’s familiar with Google’s famous fun culture, but that may not reflect your company. You need to find a match that suits your needs and your industry. Having an effective company culture is even more important for small businesses! The only way to differentiate yourself from the big players and attract top-tier talent, are intangibles like that. Company culture affects every part of your business, from hiring the best talent to attracting the most profitable customers. When your corporate culture is toxic or unclear, it leads to low job satisfaction, which leads to high turnover. Company cultures need to grow organically, but they can be nudged in the right direction.
An effective company culture permeates everything that you do and affects your entire company. A positive culture gives you an advantage over your competitors in many key areas:
Currently, possible employees have more opportunities than ever before; both online and offline. Companies are in a hiring frenzy, meaning your company must create an environment that will attract the best employee. In a research study by Deloitte, 94% of executives and 88% of employees say an effective company culture is crucial to business success and vital to work performance. Your culture is everything you say, from what is not acceptable, to what you do, and what actions are not tolerated. According to research done by CultureIQ, companies are ranked 20% higher by both customers and employees when they have a robust and effective culture. The pitfalls of a weak culture are that your organisation rots from the inside. Turnover is high, employees are less motivated, production declines, and your customers evaporate.
Behaviour is the key to spreading your positive culture. No matter what is said, actions speak louder than words. The executive branch of your organisation must model behaviour for the employees below them. As employees encounter actions that are not tolerated and work that is not acceptable, it will become apparent to the entire organisation what your culture is. It is crucial that this is demonstrated from the top down and no one is immune from consequences or rewards. Bento, the financial planning firm, is a great example of this. Their corporate motto is “Be human,” and executives ensure that they go into the community and give financial advice to the underprivileged for free. It is not a surprise that Bento is named as having a fantastic culture and has its pick of the greatest financial minds.
It’s difficult to define how to determine your company culture, but there are some steps that most agree on.
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