In today’s world, having a positive and professional work environment is essential. Studies show that employees who feel heard and valued perform better. Feeling satisfied with what we do, where we work, and who we work with is essential to our overall success and well-being. Employees spend a large portion of their waking hours at work, so feeling productive and appreciated is crucial. In addition to the actual work, having an employee service program adds value to daily schedules, allowing employees to exercise, visit a doctor, access a healthy meal, etc., during breaks.
According to the Employee Experience Imperative Report, a person’s role doesn’t matter when it comes to their need to be heard and valued as an individual. In addition, onboarding is the most heavily impactful experience. “If an employee’s experience is lacking at the onset of their new job, the impact for some employees can likely be felt until the employee’s last day,” said Pat Wadors, chief talent officer at ServiceNow. “By creating beautiful and meaningful experiences and an environment where work gets done efficiently, employers will benefit from a more engaged and productive workforce.”
Interested in building a positive community in your office? Here are four tips for building a positive company culture.
Build an Outstanding Onboarding Experience
The first tip to creating a positive work environment is to build an outstanding onboarding experience for your employees. Ever heard that your first impression is the most important? This is your opportunity to connect with your new team members and set the stage for their entire work experience. This is because of something called the primacy effect: an individual’s tendency to better remember the first impression or interactions versus those which happen later. This can have a lasting effect on employees, which is why a positive onboarding experience is essential.
Onboarding begins with delivering the company experience promised during interviews and continues throughout the employee’s career. With all the hype built up when attracting and recruiting new employees, it is essential to ensure that you meet expectations after the contract is signed. In other words, while attracting the right people is critical, keeping them is most important.
The employee experience begins with new-hire paperwork. Get your internal team excited about a new addition, and let your recruit know that they are a valuable addition. Share information about their new work life in addition to the tax forms. Ensure they are informed, feel comfortable showing up in the proper attire, and are well prepared to tackle their first week. Prepare their workspace, computer, and logins. Also, consider adding a personal touch such as a gift, food item, company-branded object, etc. HR can take it from here by establishing an open line of communication, setting standards, and establishing a positive and effective social connection.
Create an Employee Wellness Program
It is essential to understand that employee health and wellness directly impact company costs and employee performance. Full-time workers spend most of their waking hours in their office or place of employment, so it is becoming increasingly important for employers to foster a healthy environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
Nationally, almost 30 percent of worksites offered some type of program to address physical activity, fitness, or sedentary behavior. Some 19 percent of worksites offered a program to help employees stop using tobacco products, and about 17 percent of worksites offered a program to address obesity or weight management.
This is an exciting statistic and one that should continue to grow as employees rally for better benefits.
This benefits employers, too, as workplace health promotion programs can save companies money by reducing healthcare and absenteeism costs and improving worker productivity. There are many wellness programs to choose from, such as free screenings, fitness classes, gym membership reimbursement, and group meditation. Consider reaching out to members of your team for their input on what would benefit everyone.
Host Quarterly Events
Another essential aspect of showing appreciation for your staff is to host quarterly events. Company events improve company culture, strengthen relationships, and boost morale. This is also the perfect opportunity to showcase the impact of your team’s efforts, highlight specific individuals, review your company’s motto and values, and celebrate your team’s accomplishments. Consider throwing a party during lunch or after working hours. Get the event catered by a local restaurant, and have members of your HR team plan a fun activity, such as trivia night, a trip to the zoo, or a drive-in movie.
Company events can also reduce rates of employee burnout and stress. Company events allow for an opportunity to unwind and see your fellow employees in another light. Events are something to look forward to and provide a refreshing and necessary break from the daily grind. Taking a break from work also allows employees to refresh their minds. This can lead to better solutions in the workplace, as a positive, clear headspace leads to new ideas and opportunities.
Engage with Your Employees in a Positive and Meaningful Manner
According to Dovetail Brand Engagement, “Illustrating the connecting dots between new employees’ work and the company’s final output will not only give them a sense of purpose, but will make them feel like a valued member of the team.” Schedule time to check in one on one with your employees and give them the space to share their constructive feedback. Honor your commitments, ensure you set aside time and space for each individual, and make them feel heard, valued, and comfortable to express their thoughts. This will surely go a long way in building a positive relationship with them.
There are many ways to foster a healthy and positive company culture. Begin with an effective, engaging, and informative onboarding experience, consider offering an employee wellness program, and host quarterly events. Most importantly, engage with your employees one on one and set the foundation for a meaningful and lasting relationship.