Has your workplace culture taken a bit of a dip recently?
It might be due to some changes around the office, or you haven’t had the opportunity to connect with one another in the same way as you usually would. Either way, morale is a little low, and it’s starting to impact the team performance.
Building a positive workplace culture doesn’t happen overnight. It requires consistency and a lot of hard work. It’s not impossible, but here’s what you need to do if you want to turn morale around.
Showing loyalty to long-term employees is often a forgotten aspect of the workforce. Sometimes there is a feeling that these people know what they’re doing and don’t require as much interaction with management.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth. We spend most of our hours in the workplace. It’s more than what we will with friends and family. These employees have probably thought about quitting once or twice. They may have even been headhunted. But they’ve chosen to stay. A simple thank you for their service on their anniversary is just a small way of demonstrating loyalty. Think about how you would feel if your manager did it to you.
Nothing builds a positive workforce culture faster than collaboration and teamwork. When everyone is working towards a common goal, they can pull together and rely on each other’s strengths to achieve greatness.
It won’t happen straight away. You’ll need to find out what the best way to work together is. It might be through a scrum format, or it could be via an online forum. Once you discover the most suitable method, you can get to work as a team and achieve your goals.
Celebrate High Performance
Nothing destroys a workforce culture faster than a lack of acknowledgment of high performance. You don’t need to throw a parade every time your team achieves its target, but you need to acknowledge it at least.
Congratulate the team and provide a pep talk so they can keep the momentum going in the next month. If you choose to ignore their accomplishments and simply expect them to meet their targets, then that momentum will quickly dissipate, and you’ll need to intervene to motivate them from scratch.
Stress in the workplace can have a significant impact on the culture. It could be the creation of meaningless reports or endless admin. Sometimes it’s the fear of repercussions for any wrong move.
The best move you can make is to uncover these stresses and attempt to remove them. It might put more work on your plate. However, it will create a positive workplace culture and drive higher performance, which is better in the long run.
Assist With Wellness Activities
Your staff will want to know that you have a vested interest in their wellbeing. It doesn’t mean you need to organise pilates classes or go for a run with them around the block. What it does mean is acknowledging they have a life outside of the hours of 9 am to 5 pm.
Don’t send messages after hours and avoid coming to them at 4:59 pm and asking for something that will take time to complete. If they ask for time off, then do your best to approve it. When they want a couple of hours off for a family commitment, allow it. Even better, don’t take these hours out of their leave balances. Use it as a reward and to improve the workplace culture.
Provide a Purpose
We all want to feel like we’re contributing to something. If we don’t get this feeling of purpose, then often we’ll go searching for it elsewhere.
Everyone employed at a company plays a part in the purpose of the organisation. You should be able to easily define to your employees what that it is and connect the work they do to it. Keep reinforcing this to them and use this as your true north for everything you and your team do.
How to Maintain a Positive Workplace Culture
A positive workplace culture provides many benefits. It improves the engagement of your staff, which in turn often leads to higher performance. It can even mean less work for you. Your people will be so motivated that they will begin seeking out opportunities to improve themselves without you having to look for upskilling programs.
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