When I think of company culture, I think of the need for a positive and supportive work environment that helps everyone grow to their fullest potential. I didn’t just land my position as a CEO out of nowhere; I worked my way from the ground up to build a name for myself and various companies over the last thirty years. With this invaluable experience, I understand how vital it is to have a positive company culture. Here are 4 ways to help improve company culture so that your business can thrive:
1. Believe in your employees.
Everyone has to start somewhere in their career. If I meet someone who might not have a lot of resume experience but has the drive to succeed, I know that’s the person we should bring to the team. I always say “yes,” until I have a reason to say “no.”
When I first started in business, I didn’t have much experience, but I was determined to grow professionally. Over the years, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what schools your employees went to, how many degrees they have, or what prestigious internships they’ve completed—they all have the potential to be successful. If you don’t fully believe in your employees, you’re not only doing them a disservice but your entire company as well.
2. Create growth opportunities.
Your company’s employees are the ones who make the wheels turn and ensure the company runs smoothly day in and day out. I have found that when you create an environment for growth within the company, employees flourish and appreciate the opportunities that come their way.
Everyone wants to feel valued, and creating the space your employees need to grow shows that you trust and believe in their abilities. I was given many opportunities to learn when I was starting in the health and wellness industry. If it weren’t for this support and mentorship that I received, I wouldn’t be the entrepreneur I am today.
3. Be hands-on.
I consider myself a hands-on member of the team. Yes, I am the CEO, but that doesn’t mean I should sit back while everyone else does the hard work. Instead, I strive to lead by example so that my employees know I would never ask them to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.
I also always have an open-door policy because I want every level employee to come directly to me and discuss their ideas and concerns. Being a hands-on, involved CEO shows that you are invested in your employees’ success and allows you set the standard across the board.
4. Promote diversity.
A company with a monotonous culture is a company that is failing to reach its fullest potential. Regardless of age, gender, race, or any other determining factor, each employee inherently brings a unique perspective and contribution to the company.
Because everyone can bring ideas that help shape and mold company culture, it’s vital to have employees from all walks of life and with varying creeds. Different life experiences bring different perspectives, so promoting diversity among the company is essential to ensuring a company can adapt and grow.
Creating a Positive Company Culture
At a pivotal point in my life, I was shown support and care that enabled me to flourish into the successful businessman I am today. My mentor always told me to return what he gave me; whatever knowledge he taught me, I need to provide that same knowledge to others.
I have always sought to create companies that reflect my values and allow my employees to follow in my footsteps to achieve their dreams and success. By prioritizing the needs and goals of your employees, you can ensure your company’s culture is reflective of not just yourself but the company as a whole.