The culture of an organization has an enormous effect on the productivity of its employees, nothing happens by chance. Good companies understand the effect of culture on the overall performance of their workforce, hence they invest time and other resources to ensure they get it right.
In this article I will be addressing some simple strategies that can greatly enhance the culture of your organization. You will be able to implement some of these ideas immediately and increase your employees’ productivity greatly.
Managers and HR professionals can ensure their organization’s culture enhances employee productivity by ensuring that:
Work is fun
One goal of every organization should be to create an environment where employees are happy doing what they do. Employees should derive some form of pleasure in the work that they do, this makes work easy for them. Managers should constantly look for ways to make work more fun and less routine for their employees, by seeking feedback from them. Little changes may make a lot of difference.
Coworkers are like family members
A lot of employees spend a large percentage of their time at work. This means that if they work in a hostile environment, they are likely to be hostile to teammates and their families may suffer as a result. Managers and HR professionals should design a workplace culture that promotes friendliness and encourages support for each other. Employees should be able to feel at home when they are at work.
Policies have a human touch
When the policies of the organization are too harsh and inhumane, they tend to affect employees performances negatively. Senior managers and HR professionals need to ensure that the policies of the organization encourage productivity and increases employee engagement.
Good work is appreciated and rewarded
Develop a culture that rewards productivity and appreciates high performing employees. Let your reward strategies emphasize the need for employees to remain productive while working for the organization. Productivity must be encouraged and the best way to do this is to reward and recognize productive employees.
Competition is healthy
Competition amongst employees should be promoted, however this must be checked to ensure that it is healthy for the organization. Healthy competition helps to eliminate complacency amongst employees, and if not well-managed could lead to conflict. Managers need to control competition properly within their organizations.
Corporate values are understood and employees live by them
As a trainer and consultant, I have noticed that a lot of employees are not aware of the values their organizations operate by. This is an indication that there is some form of misalignment in that organization. The values of the organization should reflect in employee’s work and interaction with customers. Organizations must keep working hard to ensure that employees understand and are guided by the values that are most important to the organization.
With employee engagement steadily declining in many companies, the right strategies must be put in place to ensure that their culture encourages productivity and enhances employee engagement.
Obaro Aziza is an HR professional with specialties in Learning and Development, Training Facilitation, Talent Acquisition, Business Partnering, Performance Management, Talent Management, HR and Business Consulting, Business Development, Strategy, Business Analysis, Business writing.
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