The Benefits of a Positive Company Culture

Company culture is extremely important in a business and it affects almost every aspect of the company.  Having a positive company culture will allow employees to find real value in their work, and it will lead to many positive outcomes for the business’ bottom line.  Employees who say their company has a strong culture feel happy and appreciated.  They go above and beyond their employers’ expectations. Some Benefits of a positive company culture: 1 – People WANT to work for the company. 2 – The company has a good reputation. 3 – The company attracts top talent. 4 – Employees foster a sense of loyalty. 5 – Employees retain their positions longer. 6 – Employees enjoy going to work every day. 7 – Job satisfaction remains high. 8 – There is more social interaction. 9 – There is more teamwork. 10 – There is more open communication. 11 – Employees are more likely to collaborate as a team. 12 – Employees have a higher rate of productivity. 13 – Employees tend to be more motivated. 14 – Employees tend to be more dedicated. 15 – Employees naturally feel happier. 16 – Workplace stress will be reduced. 17 – Employee health is boosted. 18 – Work performance is boosted. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Tips to Build a Great Company Culture

All business owners want their employees to love coming to work.  Employees should not dread their jobs every day.  They should find it very hard to leave, but that’s not always the case.  Most of this is because of workplace stress, created by leaders, co-workers, or challenging projects.  Company Culture should ease some of this stress because culture is supposed to sustain employee enthusiasm. Here are some tips to help business owners build a great company culture: 1 – Hire only people who fit into the current company culture.  Many qualified individuals may have a solid performance, but if their attitude clashes with the company culture, it can be detrimental to the business. 2 – Make sure all employees are in line with the company’s values and mission.  Those who are passionate about what the company is doing, become more dedicated and strive harder to accomplish goals. 3 – Help the team members feel like they’re part of a team, not just an individual.  Individuals can break down during conflicts and become ineffective.  Team members work together and work best when they are feeding off each other.  Teams get things done! 4 – Allow all the team members to help in decision making.  If employees just go to work and do what they’re told, they are only helping someone else achieve their dream.  Involve all employees in making company decisions.  They want to have a voice that creates meaningful impact within the company.   rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Embracing Change in the Workplace

It’s very important for team members to learn how to embrace change in the workplace.  With technology and processes always changing, learning how to adapt to these challenges is critical to success. Here are six ways to embrace change in the workplace: 1 – Stay open-minded and demonstrate flexibility. 2 – Showcase your skills to accommodate work demands. 3 – Be willing to adapt your work style in new and positive ways. 4 – Learn to communicate with your co-workers by changing your communication style. 5 – Approach challenges with fearlessness and drive. 6 – Stay positive and resist the urge to say “no.” If employees can meet job challenges head-on, adapt their work styles, and see change as a growth opportunity, then companies will thrive.  They will not only be seen as a valuable team member, but their positive attitude and winning spirit will help play a role in the rise of their career.   rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Being an Effective Team Leader

Team leaders need to manage teams who have been brought together to focus on specific projects, due to their individual skill levels and expertise.  They must recognize the different contributions each team members brings, and allow all members to work out their differences. Team leaders need to lead their team towards a common goal. Here are a few essentials a team leader must posses to lead a successful team:
  1. Team leaders must look ahead, for their teams and their companies.  They must set clear objectives and find the ideal team members with the right skills.
  2. Team leaders must develop cultures where ideas and arguments are accepted.  Team members should be allowed to have a significant impact on the team, with leaders recognizing qualified individuals for problem solving.
  3. Team leaders need to use conflicts as constructive criticism.  They need to be approachable, be prepared to listen, and know when to back off.
  4. Team leaders need to be involved.  They need to be sensitive to the pressure and the needs of their teams.  And they need to reward and recognize individual accomplishments.
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The Benefits of Engaged Employees

Employee engagement is more recognized in today’s workforce because management is finally realizing just how important it is to keep employees happy. But, there is still a low percentage of companies who actively engage employees.  Therefore, disengagement is costing the U.S. billions of dollars annually. It’s important to know the benefits of having engaged employees, and how you can start engaging yours right away. 1 – Employee Satisfaction:  Unhappy employees drains time and money from a company.  When engaged, they feel satisfied within their position.  They have a greater connection to the company.  And their quality of work will improve. 2 – Lower Turnover Rates:  Since hiring and onboarding is expensive, investing time into engaging your employees will help retain top employees and lower turnover rates. 3 – Productivity Goes Up:  When employees are satisfied, they not only improve their quality of work, but they also work faster and harder.  They love what they do, they are engaged in the company, and they feel important. 4 – Loyal Employees:  Engaged, satisfied employees are more loyal to a company.  They become company ambassadors.  Understanding how employees feel about the company they work for also affects how customers feel about the company.  Happy employees, happy customers.   PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Promoting Creativity in the Workplace

Even though managers put a lot of emphasis on ensuring everyone is focused and getting the job done properly, it’s important they encourage creativity and innovation within the workplace. Employees are not just good at one specific task.  They can also come up with ways to improve their job (or a product or service).  There are many creative ways to help companies, but management needs to encourage this to happen. Here are some tips to help give employees a little creativity within a business: – Look at all the procedures that are in place, and if any of them are not serving a significant benefit that can be measured, then eliminate them. – Consider rewarding the creativity of all employees.  Do this publicly so others can see that it’s appreciated and recognized within the company. – Give employees some time to be creative.  Let someone spend up to 20% of their work day testing out a way they might improve a specific task.  It may benefit the company in the long run. – Encourage teamwork to help employees bounce ideas off of each other.  It can help them work out potential problems or spot new ones.  It can also help overall team morale and improve company culture. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Steps for Generating Ideas

Everyone can participate in idea generation.  In fact, it should be a team effort.  Every team member plays an important role, no matter how they’re wired.  We all must set aside some time for idea development.  Bringing old elements into new ideas depends on the ability to see relationships.  Every idea produced follows a certain technique.  Here are 5 steps in this technique: 1 – Gather materials.  Get all your facts together.  Classify and organize all information as it’s being gathered.  Pretend you’re putting together a puzzle. 2 – Blend all the information together.  See how they might fit into the puzzle you’re trying to build. 3 – Forget about your ideas for awhile and try activities that stimulate your mind.  Go outside of your normal routine. 4 – Here is where you’ll naturally come up with an “I’ve got it” moment.  Write it down or memorize it. 5 – Share your idea with your team members.  They can offer a different perspective, and together you call all generate something better. These 5 steps allow businesses to produce relevant and dramatic new ideas.  Remember, it’s a team effort, so having a good company culture and a highly engaged team is essential in generating new ideas. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Improving Teamwork in the Workplace

Good teamwork helps to improve morale in the workplace.  Workers become more productive and this ultimately improves profits.  It also makes problem solving easier. If your company does not have good teamwork, then it’s going to be difficult to succeed.  This can result in a lack of collaboration, ineffective communication, loss of productivity, and loss of business. Here are some tips to improve the teamwork in your company: – Encourage your employees to attend social events.  In low-pressure, informal surroundings, team members will get to know each other and form bonds. – Document roles and responsibilities so everyone can work together effectively.  If your employees know their responsibilities and the responsibilities of their team members, work gets delegated properly and everyone will work more effectively. – Make sure all employees are clear regarding long-term goals of the company.  Company goals will influence team communications and keep everyone moving in the same direction. – Show gratitude by giving formal recognition for employee achievements.  Teamwork will improve when employees are rewarded for helping one another. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Company Culture: What is it?

Company culture is something that already exists within a company…it’s the company’s personality.  It defines the environment in which employees work. It’s a variety of elements that include: Environment Mission Value Ethics Expectations Goals Ask yourself these questions: Do you have your own plans for your company’s development? Do you have teams that are growing within your organization? Do your employees have common behaviors? What does their job mean to them? Would they want to leave if they had the chance to? Do they get along with others within their team? Do your employees seem happy at work? These are symptoms of either a healthy or unhealthy culture.  You need to know how your employees are reacting to what you’re building. Employees tend to enjoy work when their needs and values are consistent with those in the workplace. They develop better relationships with coworkers and are usually more productive. It’s important to seek out employees who share your company’s culture.  Businesses with a strong company culture have happier employees, increased productivity, and higher employee retention rates. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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How to Engage for Success

How attached are you to the way you run your business?  Are you willing to do things differently?  Are you able to organize your day differently?  If you want your employees more engaged, you may need to make several changes that you are currently not comfortable with.  Can you do that? As the leader of your company, it’s necessary to get out and talk to your employees.  Help them when necessary.  Ask them about their families or about something that interests them.  How much do you really know about them?  How much do they really know about you? What about future plans of your company?  You may know what your visions are for your business, but do your employees?  They need to know how your plans will benefit them, or cause them problems.  Do you ever really listen to your employees?  Do you hear what they really have to say?  Are you developing a team who all know and envision your future plans for your company? If you are not working together with your employees for success, celebrating achievements and sharing rewards, then you will want to rethink how you engage with them. Set aside some time on a regular basis to talk to your employees about how, together, you can improve the business.  Find out what ideas your team has.  Actively listen to what they have to say.  What could you all do differently, as a team, or individually, to improve your service or to increase your business success?  What is really worth investing in? Working with your team, engaging them with conversation, working towards company goals, and increasing individual success, not only improves business but will help you retain your best employees, but it will reduce turnover and make a huge difference to the success of your business! PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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