Office culture has become one of the prime concerns for job seekers these days. With the number of jobs available and recruiters rushing about to provide a number of perks to job seekers, salary is no longer the main motivating factor. The work field has become more about flexible working hours, vacation packages and work from home options. So what is it that you as an HR professional can do to ensure the best office culture for your workplace?
- Build a team with intention
It is said that setting the tone of your company begins with each hire. You cannot just pick and choose new hires for your company. Soft skills these days count for just as much as technical skills. Make sure when you are hiring talent for your company they are a good cultural fit.
- Show appreciation where required
Reprimand and discipline might be necessary to ensure a good and proper work environment, but another important part is appreciation. People call good feedbacks an HR tactic, maybe it is so but the truth of the matter is that good feedback and rewards keep employees motivated and more willing to work harder to achieve results.
- Give credit where it is due
More of an extension of the previous point, whenever you feel an employee has done well or has gone beyond the call of duty, make sure that people know who is to thank. Giving credit where it is due is another “HR Tactic” which will surely help increase productivity.
- Decrease the competitive streak
A little healthy competition is good when it comes to motivate people to achieve targets and goals but just in order to increase the productivity, don’t make work a competition ground. Make sure that people work hard together not against each other. Competitive streaks at the work place make for a bad work culture and give rise to disputes and disgruntled employees.
- Employees are allies
Your employees are working for the same ultimate goals as you are. Let them feel as a part of the team. Take their suggestions and let them take an active part in the corporate decision making. This not only gives you a chance to get valuable employee feedback, it also might provide you some really good workable ideas. Plus, when an employee feels that they have a say in the workings of the company, they feel involved and this engenders loyalty which in turn also helps employee retention as well as employer branding.
- No favoritism and no hazing
Human nature dictates that we as humans will like some kinds of people better than others and fact remains that no matter how many like-minded people you bring into an office, they will still be a mixed bag of personalities. In these cases, you should remember to keep your personal likings out of the equation. Besides being damaging to your reputation, it is just plain wrong. Just because you don’t like someone does not mean they are untalented.
Another thing to keep in mind is about when you have employees leaving your company. Sure you might feel betrayed and a little disappointed, but that isn’t reason enough to haze them. Make sure you do all you can to make their departure smooth and hate-free. In fact have them give an exit interview. Take their input on what it was that lured them to the other company. If nothing else, it could help you formulate your own strategies on employee retention and even maybe recruitment.
- Make work fun
Waking up shouldn’t be about dreading the moment the alarm rings for work. It should include excitement for the new day ahead. This attitude change can be brought about in the employees when you ensure that work is fun. Plan fun activities at least once a week, organize team parties, make coming to work an experience, not a task.