February 27, 2015

3 ways to cultivate office culture

Office culture depends on what is implemented to cultivate, change and communicate ideas and future business.

Office culture depends on what is implemented to cultivate, change and communicate ideas and future business.

Getting the job done is important, but work environment and office culture can be just as significant and vital to overall worker performance. According to Science Daily, “comprehensive and proactive workplace ergonomics program can help to prevent discomfort and injury.” Instead of waiting for problems to arise, both in social and health constructs, address issues through employee training like establishing interactive work stations and encouraging feedback from employees.
Cultivate the best office culture with these 3 tips:
Understand the difference between work and busy work.

  • Almost every office needs the small jobs done. To get through a day, though, sometimes busy work is implemented. Don’t confuse this with actual work, which according to Forbes, can be seen as detrimental to an employee’s work ethic. Employees should be given tasks that contribute overall to the company, enhance their skills and make them feel like they are working towards “tangible results.”

Make time for brain breaks and breathers.

  • A solution could be as simple as allowing your workers short breaks outside of scheduled break times. “Meaningful fun is about people connecting with each other,” said chief anthropologist and general manager for office furniture company Turnstone, Kevin Kuske. Find a way to bring your employees together through weekly contests, lunches or friendly competition. According to Yahoo, establishing quick meetings or fostering a sense of communication by having an open office atmosphere can be key to workplace happiness.

Be the leader your employees strive to be.

  • Office culture starts with leadership and management training. According to a culture management software company CultureIQ, defining what is important to the organization at the beginning will solidify end results from employees. Having a “mission statement, core values and strategic goals”  that everyone works towards creates a culture of togetherness. This should not only be implemented in team training, but should be carried throughout the employee-employer relationships as time goes on.
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