With a thousand and one tasks at hand, setting up a work culture seems to be a daunting task for any entrepreneur. Nevertheless, this is the task that is of foremost importance, as it sets the tone, attitude, beliefs, and even the future course of your company. A strong culture from within the team is often what paves the way for success.
Work or organisational culture has been defined as values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organisation. It is mandatory for you, as a leader, to set up a culture that you preach and believe in. So here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to start by sitting with your core team, formulating your core values, and discussing how you want to ingrain them into the DNA of your team in the future.
Since you and your core team are already familiar with the existing set of virtues and values, make sure that when you hire your future employees, you choose people who are inclined to share the same ideologies. It’s only natural to employ more value-compatible people to ensure better group cohesion. This will ultimately culminate in a better work culture and hopefully in a lot of happy, cheerful customers as well.
When the work culture has been defined properly, it no longer remains a mere entrepreneurial vision — it becomes a strategy. Make sure that you are transparent about this vision and your employees know exactly what is expected of them. Being transparent not only increases trust within the organisation, but also keeps unnecessary competition at bay.
Realistically speaking, every employee hopes to have a little something other than a paycheck at the end of every month. All of us desire a positive environment at our workplace. Since the spirit of the organisation is already ingrained within you and your core members, and since all the employees have been selected keeping that spirit in mind, it will be fairly easy to get work done without any serious ideological clashes.
Since your employees are already familiar with the aims and goals of your company, very little time is needed to make them understand the organisation’s culture. The time thus saved can be utilised in ensuring better work is churned out. The end result will be accountable employees who are confident of producing good work without supervision.
By clearly demarcating your virtues and values internally right at the beginning, you are ultimately painting a bigger and brighter picture of your company to your customers. All the aforementioned points only build up one thing — a concrete, smooth functioning organisation, and believe you me, we customers know a happy company when we see one.
All these can only mean one thing — start early so that you do not have to regret later. No time like the present to establish the virtues that you want your organisation to embody because, as we all know, “you reap what you sow.”