Does your company promote a positive company culture? What do employees respond with when asked: “What is your favorite part of work?” When interviewees come in, does Human Resources brag about the company culture or sweep it under the rug?
Your company may need a culture facelift if…
- You answered “no” to the first question
- Employees answered “quitting time” or had no answer to the second question
- You answered “get out the broom” to the third question
Finding ways to keep a positive company culture has been a popular topic for the past few years, and with good reason. According to Smith Magazine, organizations with an engaged company culture experienced up to 30% greater customer satisfaction levels. A positive company culture also promotes employee retention rates and workplace productivity, and these factors can lead to a boost in company profits.
Do not let companies like Zappos (who offers new employees $2,000 to quit after the first week), SquareSpace (who provides catered meals), or Apple (who has a two-story yoga room), intimidate you into thinking that improving company culture is going to break the bank.
The process of improving morale in the workplace does not need to cost you an arm and a leg. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some budget-friendly ideas to help improve your company’s culture.
Flexible Hours – You do not have to eliminate 8-hour days, but allow your employees the flexibility to tweak how they get those 8 hours in each day. This lowers employee stress levels, especially for those with children.
Relaxed Dress Code or Dress Down Days – We are not suggesting that you allow employees to wear sweatpants to work, unless you do… then more power to you. Business casual dress codes (more on the casual side) or having casual Fridays is a simple, yet effective company culture booster. When employees are comfortable in their “work clothes” they are more likely to be more comfortable in their office environment as well.
Schedule Time for Whole-Office Team Building Activities – Do you know the name of everyone in your department, or better yet, the name of everyone in the office? Team building activities allow your employees to relax and get to know one another on a more personal level. Sounds expensive right? Relax – team building activities do not have to be a three-day retreat; they can be as simple as getting everyone together for a game of Taboo, or the occasional pot-luck.
Improved Lunch Time Opportunities – You do not have to be as extravagant as SquareSpace, but equipping the break room with clean and WORKING appliances, is a start. A Keurig in the break room, with a variety of k-cups that can be bought on the honor system for a quarter, will go a long way in keeping employees fueled and productive.
Friendly Office Competition – Who doesn’t love some friendly competition? For example, here at Tour de Force we have an annual cornhole tournament that takes place throughout the summer. All employees and executives play one game a week, which is scheduled anytime during the workday (around meetings and other appointments of course).
Volunteer Opportunities – Finding opportunities for employees to spend part of a workday volunteering not only boosts company culture, but also helps to build your brand and promote your company’s values. There’s no down-side here – it makes your company look good either way! The best way to ensure employee participation is to block out a few hours during the work week for each employee/group to volunteer. This does not have to be a weekly event – twice a year is a good start. Some organizations looking for volunteers include United Way, Habitat for Humanity, your local soup kitchen, etc.
Employee Recognition – Offering a few words of recognition and gratitude goes a long way towards making your employees feel like they are important to you. You do not have to give out fancy certificates or medals – employee recognition can be as simple as having a birthday/work anniversary board in the break room, or employee recognition from leadership during company meetings.
Open-Door Policy – This policy, of course, goes for anyone who has an office with a door. Promoting an open-door policy also promotes good communication throughout the company. In addition to our open-door policy at Tour de Force, we use Zoom’s chat capabilities to open up communication lines throughout the office. It allows us to message anyone in the office from our desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Our favorite part? The endless number of GIFs that are available on the app.
Professional Development Opportunities – Woohoo!… This should be your employees’ reaction to QUALITY professional development opportunities. Who doesn’t want to increase their skills? Of course, the key is to provide quality opportunities. Take some time to ask your employees what skills they wish to further develop.
As you can see, you do not have to spend thousands of dollars building an in-office yoga studio to improve your company’s culture. Of course, you could, but it’s not required. You Earned It reports that, according to 49% of employees, company culture influences their employee experience more than the physical environment or the technology used on the job. Companies who are employee-centric promote customer-centric employees. Unhappy employees do not make for good customer service or sales team members. How can they convince customers to buy your product when they are not happy with their own jobs?
A good quality CRM and BI solution helps employees work efficiently…as the saying goes, work smarter not harder. Tour de Force provides intuitive CRM and BI solutions with long-term scalability to fit your needs now and in the future. Through detailed implementation and training, our team will work with yours to help ensure high end-user adoptability. Check out our interactive demo or contact us for an inside look at how Tour de Force can help your team work smarter, not harder.