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From high turnover to low performance, a toxic workplace culture can create problems that no business can afford to ignore. Finding new ways to improve morale or attempting to foster and maintain a sense of community within the workplace can have numerous potential benefits. Whether it's adopting a set of shared values or making the extra effort to find professionals that will be better suited to the social atmosphere and environment of the workplace, there are plenty of ways that employers may be able to help create a more positive, productive and beneficial workplace culture.

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Placing Values Before Growth

Choosing to prioritize future growth and higher profits above all else can often be self-defeating. The potential gains and advantages of such an approach are often short-lived with the negative impact that may be had on workplace morale could create lasting problems. Determining a set of core values for a business and its associates can provide both drive and clarity in the days to come. Creating a mission statement in order to cement the chosen values of a company, organization or workplace is often the first step towards creating a culture that will be both more beneficial and sustainable.

 

Selecting and Hiring the Right Candidates

Workplace culture begins and ends with employees and businesses who discount the importance of selecting the right candidates during a hiring process may find that any future efforts to improve culture and atmosphere to be an uphill battle. Employees who are unable to work within a group or team often prove to be a serious liability. It is not uncommon to find professionals who feel that possessing a rare talent or a skill set that may be difficult to replace can allow them to act in ways that may be detrimental to others. Knowing which employees to hire and which applicants and candidates to avoid can often make a far greater difference than many businesses might suspect.

 

Rewarding Efforts and Accomplishment

Even the most driven employees may begin to suffer from low morale in the event that their efforts and labors continue to be unrecognized or unrewarded. Employees who can expect nothing more than a wage in exchange for their hard work and dedication are rarely able to sustain an optimal level of performance over the long haul. Even simple efforts to recognize accomplishment or to celebrate both the personal and professional achievements of workers, staff and associates can have a positive impact on morale levels as well as the culture and social atmosphere of the working environment.

 

Soliciting Feedback and Encouraging Participation

Employees who serve as the point-of-contact with workflow and core operational processes often possess unique insight into how a company really operates. Soliciting feedback through an employee engagement survey, use of a suggestion box,  or as part of an interview process during a periodic employee assessment or review can provide valuable insight. Failing to be made aware of any issues that may need to be addressed or being unable to base their decisions on the best information available could leave business owners and employers struggling to enact more lasting or meaningful change.

 

Maintaining a Positive Culture

The culture and social environment of a business is always changing and evolving. Businesses that mistaking assume their existing workplace culture can be maintained without further efforts could be in for a rude surprise. Seeking out new ways to optimize efficiency and boost performance and learning more about the latest social trends and new tools that may be found can go a long way. There are plenty of tips for improving the culture of a business that may have a great deal to offer.


Brett Clawson is a business owner and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience. In his free time, he enjoys writing and learning about emerging business trends.

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