Having great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider it as much as they consider salary and benefits. Many companies are doing fantastic job for their workplace culture, Google is the first who come to mind!
Google has been well known with their culture for years. Their employees work happily and enjoy tons of benefits like free meals, employee trips and parties, financial bonuses, open presentations by high-level executives, gyms, a dog-friendly environment and so on. Googlers are also known to be driven, talented and among the best of the best.
Zappos, online shoe selling company who has revenues in excess of $1 billion annually and what it does for its employees and customers, makes Zappos today.
It all starts with a cultural fit interview, which carries half the weight of whether the candidate is hired.
- New employees are offered $2,000 to quit after the first week of training if they decide the job isn’t for them.
- Employees' salary raise when they passed a skill test and exhibit increased capability, not from office politics.
- Portions of the budget are dedicated to employees' team building and culture promotion.
Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh:
“Our number one priority is company culture. Our whole belief is that if you get the culture right, most of the other stuff like delivering great customer service or building a long-term enduring brand will just happen naturally on its own.”
How do I transform my workplace culture?
The best way to build a good workplace culture always start with hiring.
Personality Assessment is a tool that will tell you the character of applicant and their behaviour.
This will help us decide if our team can benefit from the applicant’s strength.
Below are personality tools that are widely used by many organizations:
D.i.S.C Personality Assessment
D.i.S.C predict a person behaviour based on 4 factors Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance
Other similar tools are MBTI (Known as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), Big 5 Test and Insights discovery.
Workplace culture transformation does not happen overnight, it takes time and efforts to make things come true.
Aside from Recruitment Process, Employee Benefits, Dress Code, Systems, Process, Value and Office Layout are also important elements to build a better workplace.
Having a Kitchen or even a Gym Room in workplace will be a good start where many companies already have one.
If you are not sure about where to start? Communicate with your staff, give them opportunity to feedback.
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