Ideas for Improving Company Culture: Part 2

Earlier this week we reviewed the reasons why your company’s culture molds your brand. A balanced company culture will have a very positive effect on your daily operations and the way the general public views your company. Measuring the cultural health of your company is one thing, but where do you go from there. Below we’ll consider some ideas to improve or give your business a cultural transformation.

The first step is to determine how you want your business to “feel.” Below are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • What attributes do you value that you would like to show up in your company’s culture? Respect, acceptance, originality, fun, etc.?
  • What are your company’s values and how can the culture mirror them?
  • Who manages the flow of information? How and what’s distributed to the employees?
  • Do you reward employees and in what ways? 
  • Does everyone in the company feel heard? If not, how could you improve this?

These might lead you to more questions. Consider having a brainstorming session with your employees to find the right solutions for your company. Here are some ideas we came up with:

Suggestion/Thought box – This is an good way to let individuals to share thoughts and opinions regarding the current events within the company. The employee could decide to make the suggestion anonymous or not, and any suggestions or concerns could be addressed in monthly company gatherings.

Empower employees – Give people control over their jobs by treating them like peers instead of peons. You can achieve this by being more transparent; don’t just communicate when you have successes, tell them when things aren’t going flawlessly. It will create a team full of mutual support.

Flexible hours – You hired your employees because you trust them to do their job. Permitting them to have somewhat flexible hours shows you trust them to get their work done well and on time. The respect you give them will be reflected in the respect they give you.

Dress code – Long gone are the days of the suit and tie on a daily basis (at least for most fields), so let employees express themselves with regards to their clothing. This will make them feel free and accepted. Another thought is to have themed clothing days. Examples of this are: wig day, silly t-shirt day, hat day, etc. Let employees make suggestions for themes. A little silly goes a long way.

Celebrate – You’re all part of the same business and hopefully share the same goals. Celebrate this by having a monthly movie day, a team event after work, or a lunchtime game day – anything fun that gets the group doing something together.

Below is a variety of things that real companies do to add some fun to their culture:

  • Spontaneous Nerf gun wars
  • Painting inspirational quotes on the walls
  • Hitting a loud gong when there is a success to let the whole company know
  • Foosball tournaments
  • Lunchtime Yoga
  • Lunchtime Crafting Club
  • Monday Mad Libs, whoever wishes to contribute, does, and then the completed Mad Lib is emailed to the company

Posted on: 02.03.12