A sense of belonging and a feeling of togetherness is crucial for a happy and productive workforce and subsequently a more efficient and ultimately profitable one
Building a solid company culture, based upon a feeling of community, is incredibly important for both staff and the overall projected company image, so with this in mind, here is how to become a more community-centered company.
Be Clear on Expected Behaviors
For new recruits, you need to establish a clear set of expected behaviors and ways to conduct business and themselves, right off the bat.
It will be considerably easier for new starters to bond with your existing team members if they come on board knowing and expecting what they need to do and how they need to do it, to succeed. The company needs to define their core values and make them crystal clear to not only its employees but also to its clients and/or customers too so that everyone is on the same page.
Utilize One-to-Ones Properly
You may already be familiar with the concept of one-to-one meetings being wholly necessary and part of the business model, yet for one reason or another, they never seem to happen as often as they should.
Start using individual meetings with each of your employees, or at least instructing each department head to do so to their maximum potential by taking the opportunity to talk about any obstacles, challenges, and issues they are currently facing.
This renewed focus on practically looking to remove any personal or even more universal, metaphorical roadblocks that are an issue at work will serve to strengthen the company as a whole. When an issue does arise, communicate with your employee openly and honestly to learn their suggestions on how to eradicate, or at least mitigate, the problem moving forward.
Organize a Charity Fundraiser
One of the best ways to unite your team and encourage a strong and together company culture is to organize a charity fundraiser and bring everyone together to help a worthy cause.
Whether you choose to donate to the construction of a memorial garden, with engraved memorial bricks to honor those who have passed away in the local community or else host a live music night, a charity fundraiser is the most fantastic to promote healthy professional working bonds.
Create a New Role
The last suggestion on the list is if you and the rest of your senior management team and truly dedicated to vastly improving the bonds between different employees then, if your budget allows, why not create a new position and hire a dedicated company community manager?
Essentially, the role would encompass everything that is associated with employee engagement and will center around fostering strong working relationships throughout the company and across the different departments.
As well as proven skills and experience in such areas, you should also ensure that your new company community manager has an expansive understanding and knowledge of your core brand values and ethos.