With all of the changes in the past year and a half, businesses have had to completely rethink what company culture means to them and their employees. What do they value most? What drives them to be their best? 

These seemingly simple questions have the power to make a big impact on an organization. The importance of company culture is paramount in keeping employees happy, productive, and safe. Below, we’ll focus on one of the biggest factors in company culture these days: attitude. 

 

Working Together or Apart

 

Since the majority of businesses have been working from home during the pandemic, many organizations have had to pivot their work and communication styles in order to get tasks done. Most likely you’ve had to be on a Zoom call to work through a project or hop in a Teams meeting to discuss the next steps for communicating with a client. Whatever the case may be, you’ve probably seen more meetings on your calendar since working from home.

Having an increase in overall meetings can sometimes be a good thing. It can help with collaboration between teams that may have not had the privilege of connecting before, or better understand what a colleague is trying to convey. However, too many meetings can sometimes negatively impact the way employees complete their work, or even indicate a lack of trust to get the job done in a timely and efficient manner.

Companies can still find ways to ensure their team members are being productive, without overflowing their calendars. Always ensure a meeting is set with intention so as to not create a bottleneck where there shouldn’t be.

 

Corporate Office vs Home Office

 

Many companies have moved away from offices entirely and are fully remote, some businesses have gone to a hybrid model, and others have reinforced the need to come back to the office full-time. While certain office set-ups work for different industries, it’s important to understand what will affect company morale and productivity overall.

If there is an open line of communication between employer and employee of what is expected from each side, this only strengthens that trust and desire to work harder. Therefore, it’s important to understand what type of environment works for each person. Since there are so many unknowns still, allowing employees to work where they feel most safe and productive will only improve the work that gets put out.

While it may not be probable to allow all team members to work from their desired locations, it helps to provide a soundboard of understanding so each employee feels heard and valued. Working together to find a solution that benefits both parties helps reassure team members that they are an important part of the company.

 

All Work, No Play

 

Some employers may fear their teams aren’t working enough while at home, while others are seeing more hours logged by their colleagues just because their office is now down the hall. This may seem like a positive quirk for companies, however, these extended hours and inability to completely shut off can become detrimental to not only the employee but to the organization as well. This can lead to quick burnout and increase the margin of error.

One of the most important steps an organization can take is to encourage their team members to disconnect completely once they’ve finished all of their work for the day. Don’t check emails at 11 o’clock at night on a Tuesday because you need to get it done right then and there. Check up on your colleagues often to see how they’re doing. Do they need help with a project? Do they just need to step away for 15 minutes? It’s important to encourage others to take time for themselves in order to perform at their best.

A great way to promote this type of behavior in one’s company is to lead by example. It can be difficult for some to disconnect at the end of the day when they see their superiors continue to send and answer emails until the late hours of the night. There are always exceptions to the rule, but it’s only going to benefit the type of work you put out if you’re able to fully recharge each day and try to refrain from sending those late-night emails.

As we continue to navigate throughout the coming months and years, it’s important to always stay connected to each other. When thinking of revamping company culture, make sure to consider the overall wellbeing of your employees, as they are the building blocks to a successful business.

 

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