So how is your business culture? This has been a chaotic year. It has been so hard to juggle life and work. Many businesses have most of their workforce working from home. It’s probably time to evaluate how your team is doing and how you can support them. Did you know most people leave a company because of the business culture, not the pay? This also extends to contract workers who you might have hired for a specific task such as updating your website, increasing your social media presence or writing blogs for you.
So it might be time to think about how to support your team and build a better business culture.
How do you take the temperature of your business culture? Here are some questions to ask yourself about your organization
- Do I set impossible deadlines for my team?
- Am I clear about what I need from team members?
- Is what I’m asking the team to accomplish within their scope or way out of their comfort zone?
- Do I expect my team to be “on call” well into the night, just because I’ve thought of something I want to run by them?
- When I set up online meetings do I consider the timing for team members who have families?
- Am I a good listener when team members have ideas, suggestions or roadblocks?
- Am I organized with a clear direction for the team?
- Is having fun team building events on my “to do” list to help keep the team engaged. Games nights, pizza night where you send your team a pizza to their home, hire entertainment for a virtual party over zoom.
- Have empathy for team members who cannot work 9-5 but might have to adjust their work time to fit their family needs.
- Do I value the effort my team is putting in under these trying circumstances?
How is Your Business Culture?
Hear from an expert on how to create a thriving organizational culture.
We recently interviewed business culture expert, Kerry Wekelo, MBA on our podcast. She is the Chief Operating Officer at Actualize Consulting, a financial services firm. Her book and program, Culture Infusion: 9 Principles for Creating and Maintaining a Thriving Organizational Culture and latest book Gratitude Infusion, are the impetus behind Actualize Consulting being named Top Company Culture by Entrepreneur Magazine, a Top Workplace by The Washington Post, and Great Place to Work-Certified
Elaine Slatter is a Small Business Expert, founder of XL Consulting Group and author of the popular book, “Fabulous Fempreneurship”, a complete business guide for women. XL Consulting Group helps entrepreneurs with market planning, strategy, branding, web design and social media. She has over 30 years of executive business and marketing experience and is ready to help you rocket your business to success. Elaine is passionate about mentoring women to become successful women entrepreneurs. To find out more, visit XL Consulting Group or join the Fabulous Fempreneurship mastermind.