Culture in your workplace happens - for better, or for worse.
If the video above looked familiar, you will greatly benefit from having a system for deliberately creating the culture in your business.
One of the ways you can ensure your workplace is a great place to work is reviewing the Environment, Practices and Rituals that occur in your organisation.
First, look at the physical Environment you and your team work in every day. It is normal to get tunnel-vision when you spend so much time in a workplace. After some time, you no longer see what a client or visitor would see when they visit your business, so try to take a 3rd person view… or ask people!
Have a look at what changes could be made. These do not have to be expensive changes. They could be simple layout changes of desks or decluttering. How’s the lighting, temperature or noise? It’s proven that natural light and plants can create healthier workplaces.
Next, review your organisation’s Practices, which includes things like organisational design and structure.
Structure helps people in your organisation work together effectively. The more effective the structure, the more effective the working relations between people and departments.
Your HR Practices contribute to your culture. Think about the importance of a practice like Onboarding. This is where employee engagement begins. The quality of your onboarding practice has a big impact on people and will determine whether they attach to your business for the long-term.
Finally, what are the Rituals and Routines going on in your business? These should teach people about your culture and the workplace you’re trying to create.
Rituals and Routines determine what is expected to happen in given situations, and what is valued by management. Examples include morning teas for new starters, Friday afternoon get-togethers, end of month drinks, or simply just saying goodbye to everyone before you leave for the day.
Through the power of rituals, bonds become stronger and non-members become members of the culture
This is step 5 from Great Managers’ 6-Step System for Deliberately Creating your Workplace Culture. On 26 May, Managing Director, Sandra Wood, will be sharing the other 5 steps and much more on WSBC’s next webinar, Building a Great Place to Work.
Simply follow this link to register for our live, free webinar.