Employment issues were top of mind for business owners in our most recent Pulse Check report and those issues come in all shapes and sizes.
Every workplace has seen tremendous upheaval in the last year and there are more upheavals to come as employers find themselves having to develop vaccination policies, infection control procedures and other measures designed to keep staff safe and their business operating.
These upheavals, complex as they are, have been easier for some businesses to manage. Why? Because their company culture has been considered, crafted and nurtured so their values are lived every day by everyone in the business.
A healthy workplace culture creates happy workers – and happy workers work better than miserable ones. That may seem obvious but it is surprising how many businesses – large and small – fail to think about the employee experience, the culture and communication.
Company culture starts at the welcome mat. A good culture eases the recruitment process as it attracts people who want to stay for the long term, rather than the job being a short step up the career ladder.
Positive experiences in the workplace lead people to stay longer with a company. This creates stability, reduces staff turnover and, in the long term, recruitment costs are reduced.
Other advantages include enhanced performance, greater collaboration and a deeper understanding on the part of the employees as to the issues facing the business – so when a crisis hits, or a pandemic breaks out, everyone deals with the situation together, often contributing beyond expectations.
Encouraging a positive workplace culture can be tough for small businesses that are growing bigger, not because there is a reluctance to do so but because it is often hard to know where to start.
At The Alternative Board we have tools and techniques to help business owners look carefully at their culture and build the type of workplace where people can’t wait to start the day. If you’d like to know more let’s talk about the ways to create a healthy, happy workplace.