5 Steps to Build a Positive Workplace Culture

April 6, 2022 – Kiara Pérez

If you own a business with working employees, you should know that building a positive workplace culture takes more than just bringing the right people together. However, starting with a team with compatible members is still VERY important. If you want to have a collaborative and positive workplace environment, then you have to start with a strong foundation. This means that when you choose your employees, their skills, experiences, and abilities must carefully match what you are looking for. Once you have the team (or teams) with all you need to succeed, it is time to set them up for success. So how do you build a positive workplace culture?

1. Have weekly meetings and team building exercises

To start off, communication is a very important part of a healthy working environment. Productivity increases as much as 25% in a well connected job environment. Having continuous meetings on a set time frame, such as once a week, is a good way to keep everyone up to speed on the in’s and out’s of what is being worked on and is good for clearing up any confusions. It creates a sense of camaraderie and encourages the exchange of ideas and possible solutions to existing issues.
Team building exercises are also encouraged. The frequency however depends on each individual team. Every team is diverse and every team has different availability and priorities. Discuss this in your meetings! Also discuss possible outings to encourage even more engagement from the team members. 
Here at Perspectivas Globales, we take this seriously and celebrate monthly team-bonding exercises. We’ve had movie nights, gone bowling, and had a speed dating so far this year. In our work, these bonding exercises play a role in our sense of camaraderie and helps us understand each other as people and how we can work better as a team.
Bottom line is, getting to know who you work with as well as paying attention to employee engagement can be a great way to make sure your employees are content with their job and can lead to higher levels of productivity and lower turnover rates.

2. Give your employees feedback on their work

Constructive feedback of your employees’ work will ensure both steady progress and improvements. As an employer, how well the company’s mission is accomplished  depends on the productivity and performance of you and your employees. This will prevent misunderstandings and will improve the quality of work the employees do and improve the quality of work expected from the employer.
When exactly should feedback be given? For starters, feedback can be requested, but it does not mean it is limited to requests. It can also be given when the situation calls for it. For example: say a co-worker made a flyer but you notice that the colors make the text hard to read. It is okay to point this out without asking for it.
It is important that you make sure the feedback you are providing is a product of wanting someone’s work to improve instead of being a comment born from having a different perspective and/or working style. Evaluate what you are going to say and how you are going to say it before-hand.
How you deliver your feedback also matters. Feedback should be preferably given in person, with a calm and patient demeanor. It should also include examples and suggestions on how to improve. Do not point at the problem without offering possible solutions.

3. Be patient and understanding

Having a good relationship with your employees is very important. Your employees might sometimes need guidance, and if you can provide it, great! However, if you are not patient in listening and even brush off their concerns it is likely that they won’t properly voice things that might be important to hear in the future. For example, things that have been bothering them or hindering their performance.
Today’s workplace is littered with many unknowns and uncertainties. The pressure to do more with less in the workplace causes tempers to fly and tests the patience of both leaders and workers. This added pressure and uncertainty usually leads to job dissatisfaction. That is why it is a leader’s job to be as patient and understanding as possible to prevent job dissatisfaction.

4. Forget about “Do as I say, not as I do”

Don’t expect employees to do things at the quality you want if you don’t demonstrate high quality yourself. The phrase do as I say not as I do does not yield the results you might expect. Try teaching by example and action, not empty words. So if you want quality in your employee’s work, you must deliver quality work as well.

5. Provide a safe and comfortable environment

An environment reflects the people inside of it. Which is why it is crucial to provide a space where your employees feel comfortable. A comfortable work environment leads to higher productivity, communication and overall performance. You can do this by encouraging a more casual space, ensuring seats are comfortable with proper lumbar support, and maybe sprucing things up with a plant or two.
It is also important to be mindful of the people that make up your workforce. Being aware of the diversity in your workforce and being respectful of it is key in helping everyone feel like they can be themselves. 
In short, whether you have one employee or a team, having meetings, bonding exercises, and providing a comfortable environment are all good ways to promote a healthy and strong work culture environment. Strong foundations and a determined team may go a long way, but ultimately going the extra mile to ensure a positive work environment will yield better, longer lasting results when it comes to performance.
What tactics have you applied and how have they helped your employees? Have any other tips not mentioned on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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