Understand corporate culture
The company culture is the personality and personality of the business, the shared values and beliefs of leadership and employees, it is the intangible driving force of the enterprise. It’s also one of the most overlooked parts of starting a business. In this week’s add on “What the heck is HR?” In this article, we will learn more about the importance of company culture and how it can be a valuable tool for success when done correctly.
Leadership plays a vital role in creating a thriving corporate culture by defining, accepting, and embodying this culture. Leaders are required to create a set of core values that characterize the core beliefs of the company. When it comes to developing your company culture, keeping it simple is best. Consider your personal values and use them if they align with your organization’s vision. Embedding the values you already embody will make it easy to weave them into everything you do. Keep in mind that differing beliefs between your leadership team or an inconsistent recognition of core values will lead to confusion and poor adoption. The more ways you can reinforce your core values, the more grounded they become and the more self-sufficient they become.
One of the interesting aspects of culture is that it can develop with or without input from leadership. Organically combined culture isn’t always the best. Each person you assign will bring their own set of values and beliefs into the workplace. The values and beliefs of your employees should complement but not overpower your company culture. Companies that take time to develop a strong culture will be able to quickly avoid, quickly identify, and correct toxic behaviors and situations within the workforce before they spread to the rest of your team or your customer base.
Maintaining a company culture can be as simple as upholding your company values but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Monitoring and reinforcing behaviors that reflect your core values can take time – something that many small business owners don’t possess. When you find your culture veering off the right path, take a look where you can boost your empowerment efforts. Do you think about your core values when making hiring decisions, when creating and implementing company policy, when conducting performance reviews? What about your manager, are they role models? How do you stand out and celebrate those in keeping with the culture? Consistency and recognition along the way will continue to communicate the importance of core values to your workforce.
Remember, creating a strong corporate culture is about identifying and embodying values that reflect what is important to you and how you want your organization to emerge in society. Consistently applying these values to the work you do and work with people who share your vision will lead to a happier, more performing workforce.
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Author: Vanessa Loewinger
Vanessa is an innovative, experienced and self-motivated HR expert who is adept at creating and nurturing an employee-oriented culture of professional excellence, focused on achieving goals, and using a process-oriented approach to obtain win-win results. Vanesa has more than ten years of progressively responsible HR experience, including employee relations, payroll entry / processing, benefits administration, human resource information systems (HRIS), policies, 401k administration, and workers compensation administration.