How to Build a Positive Work Culture


There is no doubt people respond well to a positive work culture—by increased productivity and improving morale. Poor attitudes will cause a company suffer, and has left many an organization in ruins.

With a little planning, you can create an encouraging work environment—with lasting results:

• Have a clear vision for your organization. Make a strong statement of values that everyone can identify and understand. An effective vision statement is the basis of a positive work environment.

• Hire those that have a positive attitude. The most valuable resource in any organization is people—you want to bring in employees that will work towards a goal, not hold you back. Negativity can be like poison, one that can eat away and spoil a reputable company.

• Be open to everyone that you will not tolerate negativity. Of course, everyone has an off day sometimes, but do not confuse it with a pattern of long-term pessimism. Take those employees aside and remind them that you will not tolerate their poor attitude.

• Keep the conversations continuing. Have an open door policy, to address any troubles before they get out of hand. Listen to their concerns, and show you will make reasonable efforts to make things better.

• Everyone has a stake in the success of the whole. Make that a clear value. The operations of the company should not happen behind closed doors. Share and celebrate company successes.

• Everyone likes being recognized and appreciated. Develop a formal—or not so formal—plan toreward employees that contribute. Be consistent, to establish a pattern of fairness and thanks for the hard work of the team.

Published by @philammann

Put. That coffee. Down. Writer/editor/whatever it takes. @margaretj13 is my (much) better half. Website: Email: Twitter: @PhilAmmann

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