Think Positive: Do’s & Don’ts to Fostering Positive Workplace Culture

By Aaron Swartz on August 8, 2022

From administrative meetings to chatting around the water cooler, the culture of your workplace is an important part of the life of all your employees, and for you as well. More than that, a positive workplace culture can actually be incredibly beneficial to your company, as a good culture fosters communication, empathy, and greater effectiveness at all levels of business. But how do you create a positive workplace culture? What should you do? What should you avoid? For a few easy do’s and don’ts that will improve the experiences of all your employees read on for our top tips on fostering a great workplace culture.

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DO’s

Do: Set Clear Goals

It might seem simple, but goals are beneficial for you as an employer and for all of your employees. Clear ideas of what the company as a whole is aiming for as well as what individual departments are trying to do can make a huge difference in the culture of your workplace. Setting goals for your employees promotes a culture of open communication and asking questions, meaning that the efficiency of your work will go up as a result.

Do: Promote Diversity & Inclusion

It’s a fact of our culture that some groups experience inordinate biases as part of their everyday lives because of factors like sexual orientation, race, and gender. One of your jobs in creating a more positive company culture is to acknowledge that fact and try and promote diversity and inclusion to counteract it. This includes hiring outside of the established company culture, ensuring there are safe and available resources to report discrimination and other workplace issues, and having zero tolerance for exclusivity. Perhaps more than any other item on this list, promoting diversity and inclusion is what your biggest priority should be when trying to establish a positive workplace culture.

Do: Emphasize Employee Wellness

A lot of companies take pride in the dedication of their workers, and dedication isn’t a bad thing by any means. However, when your employees are working through lunch, staying late every single day, and coming in even when they’re sick or injured, you have a negative company culture. Your company should emphasize that the health of its employees comes before their job performance. If your expectations for employees are for them to put 100% of their time into their work, you should reevaluate your standing and try and create a more positive message.

Do: Foster Social Connections

In a lot of workplaces people clock in, barely interact with their coworkers, and clock out again, leaving the vast majority of people they work with as strangers to them. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Promoting a more connected and social workplace can greatly improve the efficiency of your employees and improve the culture of your workplace as a whole, making working at your company a much better experience for all of your employees.

DON’TS

Don’t: Foster Competition

A lot of workplaces work off of a model of ‘survival of the fittest.’ Employees compete against each other to be more productive, finish more work, and earn esteem in their company. This model, however, is incredibly detrimental to the health and wellbeing of your employees and to the culture of your company as a whole. Competition creates divides in your workplace, preventing cooperation and placing the whole burden of a task on a single person. When people are instead encouraged to work together and create solutions as a team, the culture of your company will be greatly improved.

Don’t: Be Overly Critical

Feedback is important to make sure goals are met and work gets done to the standard your company holds, but that doesn’t mean you need to be critical of your employees. Being overly critical can hurt employees’ self-esteem and make them more afraid to make mistakes in the future, which is how we all learn and grow. If your employees get chewed out every time they make any kind of error their focus will shift from ‘doing the best job possible,’ to ‘doing a job that’s adequate enough to avoid critique,’ which will create way worse work as a result. Instead, emphasize positive feedback and a culture of accepting and improving off of mistakes, rather than simply criticizing employees who make so much as a misstep.

Don’t: Ignore Feedback

One of the things that inevitably happens on a managerial level is you lose touch with what your rank and file employees think and feel, which makes it absolutely crucial that you accept and apply feedback from your workers. Ignoring your employees creates a toxic workplace culture where improvement and growth are stunted. When you instead utilize feedback as the incredibly powerful resource it is, both you and your employees’ lives will improve dramatically.

There you are, some simple do’s and don’ts to improve your company’s workplace culture. The cultural environment of your workplace is crucial to foster, grow, and improve, so hopefully, these tips will help you push things in the right direction and create a workplace your employees will flourish in and you can be proud of.

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