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Good culture is the key to keeping your employees happy! If morale is struggling, there are some easy ways to address it through building community and connection within your teams. Here are a few things you can do to ditch toxicity and enable your employees to do their best work for your company.  

People First Priorities 

Health and safety are the cornerstones of positive work culture. Safety is and should be recognized as everyone’s responsibility, and a culture that embraces that is one that will attract high-quality talent. A transparent and effective health and safety program is a critical starting point, but company culture is also a big influence. Effective corporate safety culture is one that is the product of both individual and group values, attitudes, and competencies. Establishing a company-wide commitment to a safety program helps ingrain the importance of a safe working environment is key.   

To build the kind of culture that keeps employees happy and productive, encourage your entire team to take responsibility for safety in the workplace. It’s not just about them, but their coworkers as well. Safety is a lifestyle, a culture, and a responsibility. Every one of your employees should know what to do in case of an emergency. It is they who are most likely to experience and respond in such situations. They should know what to do during and after an incident occurs, how to report the accident, and how the organization will respond. Honest and reliable responses help to foster trust and a lesson-learned mentality. Empower your team to create the environment they want to work in.  

Transparent Management and Communication Styles  

A good corporate culture is one that operates well with open communication and which plainly values employee support and well-being. A supportive work-life balance, health, and a positive work environment are all influential aspects of a positive corporate culture. Creating a feeling of value, where employees know they are rewarded, challenged, encouraged, and given the space and resources needed to grow, will all go a long way to creating the type of work culture that not only retains key employees but also attracts industry talent.  

Exemplify Strong Work-Life Balance  

There is a lot of concern among business leaders today about “quiet quitting” but it’s important to recognize this trend is born from burnout. People love the jobs they have where they know their work is valued and they are able to invest in their personal lives as well. They seek out engaging and interesting jobs and companies, and more and more they prefer to be included in decision-making processes, and really communicated with rather than spoken to or managed.

It’s your job as a manager to show your teams that you not only support their work-life balance but also prioritize it yourself. Not sending emails or calling employees outside of normal business hours unless there is a true emergency, and taking vacation time to come back refreshed and energized matters. These simple adjustments help to create an engaging corporate culture and make your competitors wonder what it is you have that they don’t. 

For help building best-in-class corporate culture, connect with the recruiting team at Williams today. 

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