corporate culture Tag

  Change is never easy. Especially when organizations have to make hard decisions involving cost cutting, downsizing and restructuring. Amid difficult transitions, it is crucial that employees are still engaged. However, as leaders struggle to build alignment with new directions and inspire employees to work in new ways that often involve doing more with less, this isn’t always easy. For the sake of your organization maintaining quality in products and services as well as laying a foundation for future growth, we’ve provided a few helpful tips. Read below to find out how to keep employees engaged and enabled amid difficult organizational transitions for a smooth transformation: Be honest and consistent. Don’t dance around issues when someone asks you a question. Be honest and genuine. Letting them know that you have their backs will make them feel safe. If you don’t have the authorization to discuss that topic, be honest and tell them that. Be consistent in the answers you tell everyone in order to keep your reputation and build credibility & loyalty. Meet in-person. In order to minimize rumors, have formal meetings with your department and share any insights you may have. This is also an opportunity to genuinely engage with your employees and evaluate their mindset. Take the time to talk things out and lighten the mood. By doing so, you’ll have a better chance at not losing touch with what matters to your employees in order to keep productivity up. Listen and pay close attention to everything that is taking place. Write notes down so you can refer to them during your next staff meeting with colleagues. By comparing and discussing collective knowledge that comes from all department leaders, you’ll be provided with greater insights that can help you neutralize tension from employees to keep engagement intact.   What big organizational transitions are you currently working through?    ...

  Every successful company has a strong, cohesive team behind it. It’s no wonder corporate culture is becoming top priority for corporations & small businesses alike. Here are ways you can make sure you’re building a strong team and a great work environment: Show your team you value them with unique rewards. Teams perform better if they know they are valued and feel the work they do matters. Come up with creative ideas to show your team how important they are and reward them for their hard work. Treat them to happy hour or take them to a nice lunch.Celebrate big and small wins. Recognize and celebrate small wins like positive client feedback as well as the big wins to boost motivation & performance.Encourage teammates to congratulate each other. Having teammates share wins and special moments with each other creates a positive work culture & boosts morale.Plan awesome team building events that people actually want to participate in. Think outside the box to come up with activities that are exciting, rare and special to make participating irresistible.Embrace Flexibility. Being able to work remotely or have flexible work hours boosts company culture, employee morale and promotes stronger loyalty to the company.Welcome honest feedback about processes. Send out a survey or hold an employee focus group where all employees are encouraged to share their honest feedback about which processes they find work and which ones need to be tweaked. Eliminating inefficient processes and listen to creative solutions from the ground up.  ...

It's no surprise that communication issues in the workplace are not an uncommon thing. Whether it comes down to miscommunication, confusing directives, or simply a lack of communication, the end result is a decrease in productivity. According to a survey in HR Magazine, participants said they wasted approximately 40 minutes a day trying to interpret improperly communicated directions. 40 Minutes a day is an incredible amount of time to waste and adds up over time.Outside of wasted time, a lack of communication also impacts the relationship between employees and management. If employees feel they are not being communicated with enough or that management refuses to create an open dialogue, they will underperform and this can lead to higher job turnover rates and an increase in absenteeism.But we don’t need to continue these failing communication practices! There is great room for improvement by doing simple things on a daily basis. Whether your work environment has communication issues or not, there is always room for improvement with a few simple steps. Here is how you can improve communications in your workplace starting today: Create an Open DialogueCreating an environment where employees can ask questions, voice their concerns, and understand the company better will help everyone. It will make the employees more knowledgeable about the company’s goals and upcoming/current projects, as well as allow management to understand where communication is lacking.Try holding weekly or monthly meetings where these topics can be brought up. Make it a priority to walk around the office checking in on your employees or on those working on projects where communication is key. Emphasize an “Open Door Policy” as a platform for answering questions and creating an open discourse where all questions are important. If one person doesn’t understand their job directives, then productivity may suffer. Discourage One Way CommunicationA top down communications approach is common throughout the workplace, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right way of doing things. Encourage feedback on your managerial practices or allow them to suggest projects and initiatives that they find compelling. Celebrate Success!Whether it’s obtaining a new client or successfully meeting your monthly quotas, celebrating achievements can boost any employee’s mood! It also shows your employees just how important their everyday efforts are. Positive reinforcement will improve employee morale as they feel noticed and applauded while also increasing productivity. Celebrating their success will encourage them to keep up the good work and push for higher success.While these steps aren’t an immediate fix to a deeper problem, they’re a start in the right direction. If you focus on creating an open dialogue, improving the channel of communication, and begin focusing on achievements, your workplace communication is only going to improve. Learn more about how you can keep your internal communications plans relevant & useful for employees and how to gain better employee insights by using your communications network....

While change is never fun or easy, it’s necessary for creating a successful and evolving industry. From new technology to new business practices, we have to constantly be looking for new ways to enhance our already established behaviors. This involves having a keen eye for industry changes on both an individual and organizational basis. Change is Universal Instead of focusing on one area where change is necessary, take a holistic approach. Make sure you change the way your business practices reflect the change in technology. From training to development to operating, all of these areas must adapt to large scale change. Remember to look at all areas of your organization to see how change might affect them.   Lead By Example At the end of the day, change begins with you! Employees may understand directives and new procedures at face value, but it’s difficult to just put a new set of rules in place and say "Go"! Work on putting new changes into place one by one - a directive here, a new workplace behavior there - and begin by making the change yourself. Be a model for your employees. If you’re the one desiring and implementing change, you must be the one to show change at work. You’re a leader in the company, so lead! Your employees will see your shining example and will follow without even realizing it. Utilize the Front Line While an emphasis has been placed on your involvement in implementing change, don’t forget the brilliance of your hardworking employees. They are on the ground floor every day, working with all aspects of your company. Brainstorm ideas early on to get an idea of how change might affect their jobs. They will also be great at highlighting what issues might occur, especially if customers or a change in technology is concerned. Your front line handles the every day tasks of your company, so involve them and ensure that change is truly beneficial for your company. Change doesn’t happen overnight and can often be difficult to implement, but these steps will help guide you in the right direction. By following these directives, you’ll show how you can be a leader in change management - and your company will thank you. Don't forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Successful Change Management!...

The world is changing every day. Millennials are joining the workforce, people are redefining what successful company culture looks like, and companies are evolving into a new age of technology. Here are a few trends you need to watch and implement into your company.Education. You’re probably wondering how education can be a trend. According to a study at Deloitte, two-thirds of millennials believe it’s their employers job “to provide them with accelerated development opportunities in order for them to stay.” With many enticing opportunities out there, creating education opportunities for your employees will encourage them to find a home at your company. Re-define the Workforce. While full-time employees are normally the bread and butter of the workplace, it’s time to shake that tired notion up! The working world is changing, which means the way we work is changing too. Instead of only hiring full-time employees, consider hiring freelancers, contractors, consultants, part-time employees, etc. For highly specialized projects, experts can be called in to consult instead of having them staffed full-time, which can prove a little too pricey.All of these workers fall under what’s called Gig Economy, a new trend emerging in the workforce. According to WhatIs.com, Gig Economy helps businesses save valuable resources when it comes to office space, training, and benefits. Utilize Your Space. Open office spaces have been a trend for a while now. Allow employees to choose where and how they complete their work while also allocating spaces specifically for collaboration. Creating more collaboration areas around the office emphasizes how important teamwork is to your organization. Real-Time Feedback. Employee evaluations are a practice that benefits both, employees and their employers, but the workplace is changing and it’s leaving no stone unturned. Instead of quarterly or bi-annual reviews, the new trend is instant feedback. Are you working on a project and your employee does something spectacular? Let them know right then and there. Don’t save your praise for a later date. It’ll mean more in the moment and show that you’re always watching. While engaging with an employee, do you hear them directly misunderstanding that day’s task? Let them know in a constructive way. Don’t let it wait or pass it to lower management.Both praise and constructive criticism are now happening at each moment of the day instead of waiting for timely evaluations. This also goes for celebrating achievements or meeting long-term or short-term goals. Highlight the team, not just the individual. This ties into creating collaborative spaces to highlight growing collaboration in the office. When training employees, make sure you also focus on how they’ll be working together as a team. Your company runs as a whole without one person being the sole reason for the company’s success. That means they need to learn how to work together as a unified singular unit. Create business practices that focus on the unit and less on the whole. Whether this blends with hiring practices or real estate, the new trend is creating a unified workforce.These are just a few corporate culture trends that will ensure your employees are engaged, working together, and on their A-Game. The new trend is a holistic approach to the workplace where everything from the office building to training is important for employee development. Keep this in mind when you’re analyzing your corporate culture and seeking out further change....

Earning employee attention around important initiatives is hard enough. Trying to earn their attention to complete a survey? – even harder!  Here are easy ways to increase survey participation among employees so you can gain better employee insights:  Don’t compete for attention. Check your calendars and schedule your survey when there aren’t a ton of higher priority items competing for attention. Send a few reminders. Things pop up at all times of the day and people are forgetful. Don’t underestimate the power of friendly reminders. Award prizes/make it fun. Have a critical survey right before a big holiday when employees are distracted? Prizes are a great incentive and way to earn attention. Use a conversational tone. Questionnaires don’t have to sound stiff. Have some fun and use unique labels for your scales (instead of “very dissatisfied/very satisfied” use “grumpy/happy”). Keep it short & sweet. Don’t overload the survey with unnecessary questions. Also, make sure your question wording is easy to comprehend. Be transparent. Tell the respondents what the purpose of the research is and how their feedback will be used. Easy Access. Make sure your survey is easy to access. Include a “notes” section. If you’re not asking 1-2 open ended questions, make sure you have a section where respondents can share open comments & provide more information. Make it anonymous. Respondents may be more open to providing honest answers if the survey is anonymous. ...

Your responsibility as a communicator is to create, plan and execute your message using insights. Getting honest feedback is crucial to any corporate communication initiative. Whether you set up your own “insights” focus group or just ask your colleagues, you can improve internal communication by focusing on 3 essentials:Include representation from across the organization. This includes high-level executives to frontline employees and every level in between. Clearly communicate the group’s role and your expectations. What exactly are you trying to accomplish by having this conversation? How will their feedback be used? Communicate the impact of all participants’ input. Sometimes just knowing that their input will have an impact and how it will be used will make all the difference in getting honest feedback. Use your communication network as a research tool to gather feedback by asking important questions about specific initiatives/tactics. Here are a few examples:For feedback on a communication plan: Is there a tactic that’s missing? Build a foundation for communication planning: Share an upcoming change and ask what questions come to mind. What can be communicated more clearly? What initial hesitations are there? Gather ideas for content & announcements: What kind of content would stand out the most? What methods resonate best with each level/department? Create a network of change champions: Gather colleagues you trust and prepare them to gauge attitudes from their departments. This feedback is crucial. Test key deliverables: Once you decide on the right content or announcement method, test them individually. One-page overview? Video? Show it to some key individuals for constructive feedback. Ask about recent communications: Refer to another recent campaign or initiative launch. Do they have a question that was never answered? What would they change about the communication strategy? Use these findings and incorporate them in the announcement to come. How do you gather employee insights at your company?...

Marketing your brand internally is just as important as marketing it to external customers. After all, your employees are the face of the company. By engaging your employees, you’ll help them make a more powerful emotional connection to the products and services you sell.By applying the basic principles of consumer marketing to internal communications, you can guide employees to a better understanding of, and passion for the brand vision. When people really understand the company brand, they’re motivated to work harder and their company loyalty increases.Unify and inspire your employees with a sense of purpose & identity by linking your internal & external brands in the following ways:Visual Identity. Maintain brand consistency in all employee communications efforts to increase recognition and attention. This includes your logo, colors, font, taglines, graphic elements, etc. Weave the brand into daily touch-points. Executing a new initiative campaign? Introduce, explain and then reinforce by directly weaving the message into employees’ day-to-day interactions that influence their workplace experience. This will ensure that on-brand behavior becomes instinctive. Social Media. Enterprise Social Networks like Yammer are a great way for employees to not only collaborate and share, but also help each other. Strengthen your brand internally by using Yammer to make announcements and recognize a job well done. Video. Video can help communicate an important message in a more engaging way. A little creativity goes a long way internally as well as externally. Active Leadership. Make sure your high-level executives and leaders play an active role in communicating important messages. This will ensure there is a consistent and unified brand message in all activities. Culture. Focus on corporate culture to create a positive work experience for your employees. Happy workers = great brand ambassadors. Training. Every employee should continue to be educated on the brand’s history, mission, values, evolving key initiatives, etc. Events. Create opportunities for employees to connect and build relationships outside of the typical work environment. Company picnic, quarterly bowling trip, or even a happy hour are all great places to start. Gamification. Gamifying important initiatives is a great way to increase awareness & engagement as well as facilitate feedback. Remember, your internal brand should be authentic, genuine and support the external brand. By transforming your internal communications, you’ll create a better experience for your employees, and mold better brand ambassadors....

The key to anyone's heart is through their stomachs. So it makes sense that free, unlimited snacks are becoming a common office perk. To increase employee happiness and productiveness, companies are transforming their office kitchens from a sad Keurig in the corner to a well-decorated space with an impressive range of healthy snacks and gourmet lunches.Here are a few examples of how innovative companies are keeping up with the impressive office snack bar and kitchen trend:[gallery columns="1" link="file" size="large" ids="15271,15270,15269,15264,15266,15268,15265,15263,15262,15261,15260,15258,15256,15253,15255,15267,15259,15254"]...

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