Why Your Business Should Feel Like A Family

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Your business’s culture plays a critical role in shaping how your employees act and perform, so it’s no wonder people often talk positively about having an inclusive, family-like culture at work. So how can a family culture drive your business to success and more importantly, how do you go about creating this type of culture? Use these insights to support a positive, productive work culture.

Why you should encourage a close culture in your business

Some businesses accept adversarial cultures as the norm when this can lead to backbiting, turnover, low satisfaction, and lower revenue. In contrast, a work culture that prioritises the team results in a strong sense of belonging, passion for work, and loyalty to the brand. Rather than clocking in and out without true engagement, employees can bring more to their jobs, feel fulfilled, and work in teams effectively.

A family culture can lead employees to feel supported when they contribute ideas to grow the business, and it can ensure your teams are committed to your goals and values. Employees get a sense of community, feel pride in their work, and respect one another. They feel respected and valued as individuals, and the organisation has a high degree of transparency, solidarity, and cordiality. Trust levels could be higher and the organisation more stable.

All of these can have a flow-on effect, improving employee performance and productivity, and in turn retention. The relationship between employees and managers could also be boosted. With a positive, supportive culture, you could reach greater heights in growth, sales, revenue, and profit because your employees and teams are performing better.

11 ways to create a positive work culture

Clearly a positive work culture can have numerous benefits for your organisation, but how do you bring this type of culture into your organisation? The following are simple changes to make, but in time will be foolproof ways to encourage initiative.

1. Communicate and reinforce

Take every opportunity to reinforce the sense of your staff being family members. Use the relevant language to communicate you’re a big family. Your goals for business growth should be communicated with words like “our” and “us” to reinforce that these are their goals too.

2. Show your team you care

Show your employees you care. Seeking their opinions and feedback, caring for their physical well-being with facilities, and accommodating their requests to help with work-life balance are some ways to show you care.

3. Provide well-being facilities

Small additions such as ergonomic chairs and desks can make employees feel supported and more comfortable at work. Offering onsite gyms, recreational rooms, and other well-being facilities can help your employees thrive at work.

4. Well-designed workspaces

Consider changing your workspaces to break down boundaries and facilitate effective communication. Think about how you can change up you office layout to encourage collaboration and dialogue.

5. Transform meetings into discussions

Turn structured, leader-centred meetings into casual, discussions or brainstorm sessions by making them relaxed and conversational. Encourage employees to share their thoughts and reinforce that their ideas will go a long way in growing the business.

6. Establish support networks

Like parents, elder siblings, aunts, or grandparents, mentors and workplace buddies make up an invaluable support networks in your business. Encourage leaders and managers to mentor new employees, build friendships, and support each other in order to cultivate a culture of excellence in the workplace. This can boost trust and loyalty while driving a free flow of ideas for innovation.

7. Relax and have fun together

Office parties, lunches out of the office, and team building games are great ways to have fun together and strengthen your bonds in the workplace.

8. Communicate in a familial manner

Use an informal, trusting approach to communications where appropriate. Whether it’s areas for improvement, changes in processes, or some other matter, try the informal approach over a rigid, structured one. This could support more open feedback and help you resolve any issues more quickly.

9. Open-door policy

Promote an open-door policy for employee feedback. Employees should have avenues for sharing their thoughts with the leadership. Employees who are heard will feel like they have a voice and be at ease to share their new ideas, which can drive higher innovation and creativity in the workplace.

10. Celebrate employee milestones

Take note of birthdays, engagements, marriages, and births and provide gestures of appreciation. Whether it’s a collection for a gift from everyone or a big party, take the opportunity to show you care about you employees.

11. Accommodate work-life balance

Where possible, accommodate your employee’s work-life balance. Part-time telecommuting, for example, can assist new parents while allowing you to retain valuable team members. Other ways to support work-life balance include providing subsidies childcare and return-to-work support, allowing job-sharing, and being flexible about parental leave. Often these strategies don’t cost you anything even though they could significantly increase job satisfaction and productivity.

A positive workplace culture could be the best of both worlds: your employees feel loyal and supported to do their best while improving productivity. While a harmonious and collaborative workplace is a reward in itself, you’ll have the added benefit of improving job satisfaction, retention, and performance for a better bottom line.

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