Company culture is incredibly important. When you work for a company that has strong beliefs and values and treats its employees well, you’ll not only be much more likely to stick around—you’ll also be happier and more productive. That’s why it’s crucial to always make an effort to improve it—especially when your office is remote.
Here are 10 ways to improve your company culture that you can start doing immediately. Even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.
Ten Ways to Improve Your Company Culture
1. Recognize Employees
Recognizing your employees for their successes—no matter how big or small—can go a long way in making them feel appreciated. Especially since so many (63 percent, to be exact) don't feel like they get enough praise at work. Another survey found 37 percent of individuals would be more motivated to produce even better work if they got more recognition for their efforts.
2. Be Transparent
When companies are transparent with their employees about what’s going on behind-the-scenes, employees do better work. So be open and communicate with your team about successes and challenges. It not only improves morale and creates trust—it also makes people more productive, motivated, and committed.
3. Be More Flexible
There's no better time than right now to be a little more flexible as a manager and/or a company. As long as employees are getting their work done and meeting your expectations, give them some leeway to meet their needs—even if that’s more flexible hours. A little flexibility goes a long way when it comes to improving morale and making life less stressful.
4. Open Up the Discussion
Instead of just listening to the opinions of higher-ups in the company, make the workplace a space where anyone's voice can be heard. Make it known that every opinion is appreciated, and in turn you’ll get a lot of respect from the people who work for you.
5. Build Strong Relationships
You don’t have to be best friends with the people you work with or manage, but it is important to build strong relationships. While strengthening the relationships within your team isn’t easy when you're all working remotely, Ten Spot has a weekly line-up of virtual events that make connecting a breeze.
6. Allow Personal Time
Allowing your employees to take personal time when needed can be game-changing. When you give your team the time they need to deal with things happening in their personal life—even if that's just needing a mental health day to clear their head—they'll be happier, more productive, and ready to take on their work once they've returned.
7. Develop a Team Mentality
When you make goals as a team—and work toward them together—you’ll be much more likely to succeed. Aside from strengthening the relationships of employees within your company or team, it's also really motivating for everyone involved. And—you guessed it—plays a big part in improving your company culture.
8. Encourage Conversation
There's no catching up in the break room these days, which is a shame. Those little moments of connecting with coworkers make the workplace a better and more enjoyable place to work. During all of Ten Spot’s live events, there’s a group chat where you can still bond and connect with coworkers from afar.
9. Offer Group Fitness Classes
Showing your employees that their physical and mental health is important to you goes a long way. Putting group fitness and meditation sessions on the schedule—like the virtual options offered by Ten Spot—is a great way for everyone to come together. It's also something for your team to look forward to.
10. Don’t Forget to Have Fun
When your company is a fun and enjoyable place to work for, people are going to stick around. Happy Hours might be a thing of the past at the moment, but Ten Spot can bring some excitement back into the office from afar with its wide range of virtual events. There’s mixology classes, cooking classes, and other options that provide work perks anytime, anywhere.