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Creating a Healthy Company Culture

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

By: Cayley Harrell 
Company culture is a broad term used to describe the environment that you work in and how employees interact within it. If you are happy where you stand, then the company you work for is doing something right. 
A healthy company culture is hard to achieve and it won't be the same for every company. It is important that employers cater to the needs of its individual employees, no matter how small or large the company may be. 
Here are some tips on creating a healthy company culture:
1. Benefits- This doesn't necessarily mean putting in massive amounts of money to provide an office spa and meditation room. However, simple benefits do go a long way. No matter what the budget may be, employees should always feel safe and secure in their position. Let them know they are cared for. This can mean anything from great insurance, to paid holidays or even a doctor that visits the office once a month. Just make sure you are providing something. 
2. Workspace- Just because Google holds the standards for workspaces at an unbelievably high mark does not mean you can't imitate their ideas on your own level. Give employees a workspace where they can be happy and feel appreciated. Let the sun shine through large windows and bring them a good lunch every once and a while. Make their space feel like their second home. 
3. Hiring- Hiring the right employees is crucial to any company's culture. Don't just hire someone because they have a strong resume. Take the time to get to know them on a more personal level and make sure their ideals fit the ideals of your company. 
4. Firing- This will always be a hard thing to do, but if you have a bad seed, you need to let them go. Having even just one employee with a bad attitude can bring down your whole team. In the long run, it may be better to sacrifice one person in order to bring up the rest of the company. 

5. Thoughtfulness- The ultimate key to having a healthy company culture is to care. Care for your employees and their well being. Make sure to listen to their concerns and answer their questions. It's hard to do, but as a leader, it's your job to make sure that everyone feels heard. 

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