Entrepreneurs Can Create a Great Corporate Culture from the Start

From the smallest businesses to the largest worldwide corporations, a productive corporate culture is key to financial success. Creating a corporate culture that fosters creativity, nurtures cooperation and teamwork and punishes negativity is no easy task, but the benefits of such a culture are enormous.

Entrepreneurs face their own unique challenges when establishing their corporate culture, from building a solid team to setting up clear lines of communication and responsibility. Here are some ways entrepreneurs and business owners can build a successful corporate culture from day one.

  • Create an attractive work environment. No one wants to work in a dingy office or spend time on a dirty factory floor, so spend some time sprucing things up and making the workplace as attractive and pleasant as possible.
  • Foster cooperation and teamwork. It is easy for teamwork so suffer in a competitive startup environment, so look for ways to foster cooperation and build great teams.
  • Use your mission statement to define the ideal corporate culture. Think about the perfect company and the best possible corporate culture, then work hard to recreate that ideal in your brand new company.
  • Be selective when building your team. For good or bad, the team you build initially will play a vital role in establishing the corporate culture. Even if you are eager for the hiring process, take your time and do it right.
  • Create a dress code based on company needs and employee preferences. The dress code is a big part of the corporate culture, and there are many factors to consider. The ideal dress code encompasses the needs of a diverse workforce without sacrificing the professionalism of the workplace.
  • Provide constructive feedback. If you want your corporate culture to be open and productive, you need to let the team know how they are doing. Providing constructive feedback and honest advice is a great way to create a corporate culture those values creativity and cooperation.
  • Evaluate the daily routine. The daily activities of your workforce can have a positive, or a negative, impact on the corporate culture, so take a close look at the schedule and look for ways to improve things. If your management team is buried in early morning and late afternoon meetings, smoothing out the schedule could make everyone more productive — and happier too.
  • Incorporate team building activities into the workplace. Whether they take place inside the office or in the great outdoors, team building exercises can help you create a winning corporate culture.

Creating a great corporate culture from the start is much better, and far easier, than repairing a destructive corporate culture down the line. The tips listed above can help you create a solid corporate culture, one that values input, sparks creativity and fosters productivity.

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Debating the Remote Work Option

The trend of allowing office employees to work remotely is lagging employee expectations, according to the 2018 Staples Business Advantage Workplace Employee Survey. 40% of office workers surveyed claimed that this is a key factor for them in selecting a new employer, yet only 35% of companies allow the option.

Many have cited inadequate investment in technology, lack of trust in workers, and resistance to change as factors holding back the trend. The fact that the tech sector has the highest adoption rate (52%) seems to support these observations, as these companies tend to have progressive management policies and superior technology.

Divided opinions on the issue shows how complex the issue is. 43% of employees claim they are more focused in the office, yet 57% sometimes work remotely because it removes the distractions of the office. Furthermore, the quality of the office environment is very important to workers – 41% will not accept a job offer without first seeing the work environment.

Managers, concequently, need to look beyond the trends when considering the remote work option. If people are working at home to avoid distraction, maybe this is a sign that the office environment needs to be improved. Furthermore, the option is about the team as well as the individual. For example, if employee X is allowed to work remotely, could this employee’s absence harm the productive of other employees?

Work patterns are evolving, but office work is ultimately about people working together in a productive manner. Regardless of workplace trends, this is a fundamental that’s not going to go away.

Composer avec la distraction dans les bureaux d’aujourd’hui

Quand il s’agit de garder de bonnes relations avec ses collègues, il y a des choses qu’on aime mieux ne pas savoir. Malheureusement, plus de neuf employés de bureau sur dix ont déjà entendu les conversations personnelles et les appels téléphoniques de leurs collègues, et 71 % d’entre eux ont déjà vu des collègues consulter des sites Web qu’ils ne devraient pas visiter, selon le sondage aux employés sur leur milieu de travail réalisé par Staples Avantage Affaires.

Ces distractions sont symptomatiques des bureaux à aire ouverte d’aujourd’hui, où il semble que les travailleurs obtiennent le meilleur et le pire les uns des autres. D’un côté, la plupart des gens trouvent ces environnements stimulants et adaptés à la collaboration. De l’autre, la distraction est un problème répandu – un taux surprenant 81 % des répondants affirme travailler dans une zone achalandée.

Les employés font face à la situation de différentes manières. En effet, 45 % d’entre eux sont sorti à l’extérieur du bureau pour prendre ou effectuer un appel téléphonique et 28 % ont porté un casque d’écoute dans le but de bloquer le bruit des autres. Un grand nombre choisi d’abandonner totalement le bureau : 57 % de ceux qui travaillent à l’extérieur du bureau affirment qu’ils le font parfois parce que cela élimine les distractions du bureau.

Fait intéressant, les employés ne jettent pas le blâme uniquement sur l’environnement physique. Moins d’un quart des répondants a mis « espace privé ou personnel » dans les trois premières réponses de sa liste de souhaits, ce qui le place au même niveau que « nouvelle technologie ou nouvel équipement », « meubles ergonomiques », « centre de conditionnement physique » et « options de nourriture et de boisson ».

De plus, certaines des distractions les plus fréquemment signalées découlent de comportements douteux des collègues, comme avoir à travailler près de quelqu’un qui est visiblement ou distinctement malade (81 %), qui mange quelque chose qui sent mauvais (77 %), ou qui fait jouer une radio ou un téléviseur avec le volume élevé (69 %).

Bien que changer l’environnement physique ne saurait remplacer la conduite respectueuse au bureau, les planificateurs doivent prendre en compte les façons dont l’optimisation de l’espace de bureau peut aider. Est-ce que les appels personnels seraient effectués à portée de voix des autres s’il y avait un cubicule privé réservé pour le téléphone? Est-ce que les gens mangent à leur bureau parce que la salle de repas est inadéquate? Prendre une pause dans une salle de bien-être soulagerait-il le stress d’un environnement achalandé?

À mesure que le bureau évolue pour répondre aux besoins diversifiés d’aujourd’hui, c’est le type de questions que les planificateurs de bureau doivent poser.

Pour télécharger le rapport complet du sondage sur le milieu de travail 2018 :

https://www.staplesbusinessadvantage.ca/workplace-employee-survey/

Employee Appreciation

Whether you are running a brand new startup or managing an old-line company, you rely on your employees to get the work done and keep the firm profitable. No matter what the nature of the company, your employees are your biggest asset, and keeping them happy is an essential part of the well being of the organization.

Shared Experiences

The value of corporate team-building exercises has long been understood, but what if you do not have a week to spare and thousands of dollars to spend? If you want to reward your best performers and say thank you for a job well done, you do not have to head to the woods; just go to the local movie theater.

Shared experiences are a great way to reward your team for that on-time project or say thanks to the sales staff for meeting their quarterly quotas. Whether it is tickets to the hottest movie in town, a day of wine tasting at the local winery or the challenge of an escape room or murder mystery cruise, there are plenty of ways to thank your employees without breaking the bank.

Swag

From the Oscar nominees on the red carpet to the workers in the cubicles, everyone loves a little swag. Whether it is a stylish polo shirt emblazoned with the corporate logo, a reusable grocery bag or a fancy desk plaque, these fun and useful items make lovely gifts.

If your team just hit their goals, why not reward them with their choice of corporate swag? Order a bunch of corporate-logoed items, send an order sheet around and let everyone pick their favorites.

Food

Food is always a great motivator, rewarding your staff with a special lunch or pizza party is a wonderful way to say thank you for a job well done. When you say it with food, you do not have to spend a fortune to make your employees feel special.

Time Off

Giving your best workers a paid day off (or two) is a great way to thank them and motivate their coworkers to work even harder.

You can tie this bonus time off to the completion of an important project, or you can surprise your team with some extra time when things are going well. No matter which option you choose, your staff is sure to be grateful for the largesse.

Keeping employees motivated is no easy task, especially when money is tight. Even so, your employees are your biggest asset, and you have a vested interest in keeping them happy and productive.