Everyone looks forward to the weekend, no matter how much they enjoy their job. But if your employees are dragging themselves into work on Mondays with a cloud of doom over their heads, it should raise a red flag. Sure, salary and benefits attracted them to your organization, but they won’t reach their potential (or stay long) unless you make your company a great place to work. Making your company the place your employees want to be requires taking the time to assess your workplace and determine where you can improve the culture to help you retain that talent and succeed as a business.
A STRONG SUPPORTIVE CULTURE
I’m not talking about the superficial cultures that have become increasingly popular and are defined by having Ping-Pong tables and kegs. A truly strong culture offers mutual support, promotes trust, rewards employees’ efforts, and ensures that employees know their work is meaningful. Leaders need to understand that different approaches work better for different employees, preferably with the involvement (and empowerment) of employees. Remember to communicate clearly and be transparent when making decisions.
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH IS A PRIORITY
Instead of growing employees’ skills to match the companies needs, great companies look for ways to grow the company based on employees’ passions. They continually ask employees what they are interested in doing and how they would like to see their career unfold. You’re not going to transform the workplace overnight, so don’t get rattled by temporary setbacks and keep your eyes on the end goal. Rather than a top-down action plan, integrate the types of practices and behaviors that build trust throughout the organization.
WORK THAT IS CHALLENGING AND ENCOURAGES YOU TO GROW
Since we spend so much time with our co-workers, it’s important to like and respect them. Working with people who are supportive and understanding fosters personal connections and professional growth. People inherently want to be challenged so they can continually grow and learn new skills. Great companies expect their employees to rise to challenges and be completely engaged. Simply putting together a list of company values won’t cut it. These values must be integrated throughout the organization, including the hiring process. If a prospective new hire doesn’t seem receptive to your company’s values or culture, then it’s probably not a great match.