Company culture affects almost every aspect of a business. Creating a positive environment for your employees to work in can make them happier, more engaged, and more productive.

But how is a positive company culture created?

Leaders and managers should keep the following tips in mind when crafting the ideal culture for their organization.

Be open to communication

Communication is arguably the cornerstone of any good relationship – including relationships with co-workers. When managers are clear and honest about their expectations, employees tend to work better.

Open communication also makes employees feel more comfortable asking questions or seeking help when needed. In a recent article on, John Rampton outlines his recommendations for successful communication between managers and employees.

“You need to keep team members in loop, so why not send out a weekly newsletter,” writes Rampton. You can also implement an open door policy so that team members feel that they have easy access to you whenever needed.”

Show your employees you care

Employees are human and should be treated as such. The simple act of caring for employees can do a lot to improve their productivity and work ethic. One way to care for employees is to recognize their hard work and accomplishments. Patrick Hull comments on the importance on employee recognition in Forbes.

“Recognizing someone in public for a job well done can make a big difference,” writes Hull. “I think it’s important to provide positive reinforcement. Programs that recognize employees can go a long way toward motivating someone.”

Another great way to show employees you care is by simply listening to them. In a recent article on, Drew Austin explains how listening to people and valuing their advice can shape a company’s culture for the better.

“Involve your team members in decisions that directly affect them,” writes Austin. “If you provide your team members with the opportunity to shape the culture and environment of your company, you will see progress being made by a group of enthusiastic people. They will work harder and get more done. Being a leader sometimes just means finding the willingness and courage to be led.”

Trust is the foundation for success

As cliché as it may be, it is true. Many employees value honesty and fairness in the workplace, but how do leaders and managers achieve it? Keeping promises, making firm commitments and keeping team members updated are all great starts. In a recent article, Business 2 Community comments on building trust in the workplace as it relates to company culture.

“Never allow gossip and infighting to be the norm in the office. Instead, foster relationships in which coworkers feel you are discreet and supportive. This builds loyalty to you and the company.”

Don’t be afraid to have a little fun

As the old saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It has been proven that happier employees are more productive, more engaged and more successful. This leads to fewer sick days being taken, higher profitability and lower turnover rates for companies.

It is also important for leaders and managers to get to know employees outside of the office setting. Holiday office parties, company outings and light-hearted office competitions are great ways boost camaraderie in the workplace.

Creating a positive company culture for your organization does not happen over night. It requires constant and consistent execution. Ultimately, the extra work devoted to creating your company’s ideal culture will pay off in more ways than one.

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