Posted: June 9, 2015 by Jo Rogers
By Arshad Chowdhury, Fast Company
Arshad believes that a successful company culture can make a difference between a workplace that people dread to go to every day, to one which they tell their friends and family about and enjoy the idea of going to work.
Below he suggests 7 simple steps which will make a significant difference to your workforce.
1) Make Rules for the 95%, Not the 5%
Workplace rules should be designed to give maximum autonomy to the vast majority of your workers. Don’t burden people with rules designed to control the 5% of employees who are constitutionally unmotivated or undisciplined.
2) Celebrate Going Home Early
You can quickly improve culture by focusing on work output instead of hours of input.
3) Stop Swearing
By cutting out swearing, you will elevate discourse to expression of thoughtful ideas instead of base emotions.
4) Cultivate Experts
Encourage people to become experts by having them research best practices in their field and share those with their colleagues on a regular basis.
5) Talk About the Future
Start taking people out for coffee, one at a time, to ask them where they want to be in five and 10 years. Armed with this information, help them achieve those goals, even if the goals aren’t related to your company.
6) Let Employees Manage Their Own Energy
One-third of your employees experience a dip in energy so steep that between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day they need to nap. So let them nap. According to a NASA study, a nap of just 26 minutes can boost productivity by 34%.
7) Recognize Your Team Every Day
They work for recognition, too, so don’t deprive your employees of this vital form of compensation. They are working to build your company every day.