Culture, that ambiguous little catchall buzzword, has only recently become in-vogue with the modern executive. Maybe this is because creating a successful office culture lacks the concreteness of, say, managing finances or launching an advertising campaign, or maybe it is a result of those in charge simply refusing to recognize the importance of it. Regardless, a culture will emerge. Whether it is a productive, positive one or one that forces employees to jump the proverbial ship whenever something new comes along, is your responsibility.
Below are my count-on-one-hand ways of establishing a positive office culture:
Get that PHD
No, I’m not talking about the importance of a doctorate, but Passion, Heart, and Desire—the qualities that should be reflected in both the CEO and the employees they seek. When the passion for work, the heart to see projects to fruition and the desire to become a pivotal piece of a company’s continued growth and success is apparent, you will have established an office culture of productivity and success. These are the “PHD”s I hope to see in interviews.
Don’t Confuse Activity with Results
Work is not just work. By which I mean, the work your employees perform should directly—and positively—impact the stated goals of your company. By emphasizing the importance of an employee’s role and its overall impact on the success of the company, not only will your employees enjoy seeing their hard work translated into tangible results, but your company will function more efficiently because of it. Believe me; employees are well aware of what constitutes busy work.