10 ideas to create your workplace culture

10 ideas to create your workplace culture

Your workplace culture is powerful.  It can transform your organisation and the lives of your people, and ultimately it determines your success.  This success is realised through the achievements of your people so you need to ensure they are a 'cultural fit', meaning their beliefs and behaviours align with your workplace culture.  In addition, you must create the conditions for them to succeed.

10 ideas to help you create your workplace culture

1.    Create a values statement because your values will be at the heart of everything you do. Your values could include teamwork, being accountable or positive or respecting yourself and others for example.
2.    Lead by example using those values because your behaviour sets the tone for your organisation. Be visible and credible, know your stuff and walk the talk.
3.    Develop coaching skills to enable your managers to link your organisation's values and reinforce the behaviour you want to see at all levels. You'll get more from your teams, boost employee engagement and develop a high performing workplace.
4.    Incorporate your values into your hiring, however, get the balance right between hiring for cultural fit and hiring a team of identical people. If everyone thinks and behaves the same, you will lack creativity and be less competitive.
5.    Empower your team by helping them grow into their roles by supporting and encouraging them to take on more challenging responsibilities. You'll shift them from being closely directed to being self-directed and motivated in their tasks.
6.    Develop personal accountability by creating clear expectations and a culture of peer to peer accountability. Encourage your team to hold each other accountable to those decisions and standards. Focussing on accountability more than popularity is tough love.
7.    Provide continued learning because learning raises an individual as a person and as an employee which increases job satisfaction. It also increases their abilities to adapt to change which will help your organisation remain competitive.
8.    Make them feel valued by recognising their achievements and milestones, even small ones. You'll raise their self-esteem and create a positive workplace.
9.    Demonstrate respect because respectful treatment is a major contributor of job satisfaction, so listen, show you care, help and encourage. Conversely, a culture of disrespect will drain morale, reduce productivity and may even lead to bullying.
10.    Build a cohesive team to get more done, bring success and improve your bottom line. In addition, your ability to build a good team and to help them feel part of it could be one of the most altruistic things you ever do!

Culture is all about people, so build a people first culture.  Use leadership skills to establish your vision and values, then use your people management skills to give them the opportunity to grow and succeed.

Creating your organisation's ideal workplace culture won't be easy. However, it will be worthwhile because it influences everything and everyone. Increased trust, commitment, teamwork and sense of well-being will boost your productivity and profits.

And when you've created a people first culture where people are engaged in their work and enjoy working together to get things done, how proud will you feel?

Contact me

If you'd like to speak with me about creating your ideal workplace culture, give me a call on 01733 860367.  Or alternatively contact me using the Contact Usform and I look forward to talking to you soon.

Best regards,

Jon Britain
People & Team Development Specialist
01733 860367

Get an insight into how people really think about you!

Get an insight into how people really think about you - Advancing-Business-People

Success is achieved through people'. You've probably heard this 100 times, right?
The most successful people are those with the best people skills, especially when things get tricky!

So you involve them in your decision-making, motivate them, communicate with clarity, invite feedback and do everything a good leader should.

You're not Richard Branson but you're doing a cracking job, aren't you?
But what do they think? Maybe they want you to…

  • talk about things more directly and honestly.
  • help them see how they fit into the bigger picture.
  • tell you to think before telling them, because they just don't 'get you'.

No-one's perfect, but wouldn't it be great if this was no longer a problem?
So what's the secret?  It all boils down to a few things...

Using a 360 degree developmental tool you'll get a simple 3 step process to help you...

  1. Understand how others see you as a leader
  2. Identify your strengths and areas for development
  3. Learn three strategies to become a more effective

By discovering people's frustrations and fears in their own words you gain an insight into how people really think about you.

Whether you're a team leader or a senior executive, your personalised report is one of the best ways to discover your strengths and weaknesses.

And the best bit is that you get your next steps with 3 things you can focus on right now.

I can't turn you into Richard Branson because like him you have your own style and ways of doing things. But when you discover what others really think, with a few tweaks both you and others will get a lot more done!
If you'd like a free sample 360 degree profile simply get in touch right here.

Best regards, Jon.

01733 860367

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Why your business must be healthy

Why your business must be healthy!

Just so we're clear, this doesn't require you to carry out monthly check's on your staff for signs of love handles, cold feet and going grey before they're 40 😉

It's about how organisational health can be a driving force for your business to beat your competition, so let's crack on!

So what is organisational health?

Organisational health is when your management, operations, strategy and workplace culture all fit nicely together and make sense. I know that sounds a bit airy fairy so I'll tell you what it looks like in a minute.

Why do I need a healthy organisation?

The simple answer is that organisational health is your organisation's greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. Your business really needs a competitive advantage because without one it's going to be a mighty struggle!

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There are two requirements for a healthy organisation

Your business must be both smart and healthy.


Smart means being good in the traditional areas of business such as strategy, finance, technology and marketing. And this is where the majority of leaders spend most of their time, which means they neglect the other part of the equation, the healthy part.


You can tell when an organisation is healthy because you'll see

  • low politics and confusion
  • high productivity and morale
  • low turnover of good staff

If you can see these five signs in your business, fantastic!

However, despite most leaders knowing they need to see these signs in their businesses and knowing they need to spend more time on the healthy side, they go right back to what they know, the smart side of the equation!

So why do leaders neglect the healthy side?

They go right back to their strategy or marketing plans since that's what they know, because that's what they were trained to do. They tweak their spreadsheets and Gantt charts because that's what they're comfortable with, but gains to be found here are minimal. They also want to avoid the healthy side because it means getting into conversations with their people that can be awkward, subjective and emotional. Things can get messy!

Don't miss the benefits of a healthy organisation

Most leaders who miss out on employee satisfaction, communication, co-operation and true team work.  Don't be like them. Simply ask using the Contact Us form or call me today to talk about the benefits that will dramatically improve your business, without things getting messy!