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Labor shortage and high staff turnover are some of the most pressing issues of the companies in Romania and also in other countries. To solve this inconvenience, organizations must know that, for employees, not only the financial package it’s important, but also the culture and the team that they find in the company. And this aspect is not only linked to the financial strength of the organization, since a small business is equally able to provide a strong internal culture, as well as a large one.
But what exactly is the organizational culture? This represents a set of values and beliefs of people in the company, learned and shared as a result of procedures designed by managers. But the most important is that corporate culture creates the ideal environment for managers to apply individual or group motivation techniques.
As we said, these techniques do not require to be allocated, in particular, a large budget. Company management may find various ways to bring employees together and provide the necessary framework to interact and create the same ideals. Smartree raised a few low-budget ideas that can help build organizational culture in a totally out-of-the-box way.
Marking milestones and achievements. Employees need to know that they are an important pawn in the company and represent a value for the smooth running of things. This can initially be achieved by recognizing stages of company development and marking them through small actions – an ad-hoc party for achieving a number of customers, symbolic benefits for employees on the anniversary of a special moment and more. Also, honoring the victories and the milestones of employees, personal or professional ones, will increase their confidence in themselves. Celebrating birthdays with a special cake, offering gifts to mark a symbolic achievement, posting pictures of the most successful projects in a panel of honor, choosing „Employee of the Month” are just a few ideas.
Hang Out in the team. Anyone would need a little escape from life. And a traditional day with colleagues can be beneficial. Whether it’s a dinner or attending a football game, this is the ideal time for employees to connect, to interact outside the rigid environment of the job.
A special space only for employees. Decorating a room or even a roof or a terrace especially for employees is also an element that will bring them together and of course closer to the company. This area should not be fitted by a designer, moreover, it is even better that the team manager provokes the employees to decorate their own space with a budget, of course. In this way, people will work on a project that is not linked to the job. They will invest time and emotion and will create a recreation space with a personal touch.
Teams that eat together are stronger. Lunch should not be skipped by employees. And this break, spent in a relaxed way with the whole team, is good. Employees feel like family, they can tell about their day relaxed and in this way will create lasting ties beyond the job.
Employee opinion should count. A healthy organizational culture is created by attention to people’s needs. Management should not be placed on a pedestal, but must „go down” among the people, especially to discuss and ask questions. The question „What do you think?” has an incredible power and can approach any employee by his superior.
Thus, on the basis of a healthy organizational culture stand small details that make the difference and create values so important to employees. Moreover, the studies show that the working environment, the atmosphere in the office and a set of common values are among the main advantages that lead to a high retention rate of employees in the company.