Is Your Company Culture Driving Productivity? Or Causing Team Members To Take It Slow?

A new year is a fresh start, and you’re hoping to achieve that at your company. As a committed manager, you know a positive company culture is the key to a successful business.

Maybe things are great at your company or perhaps you know there’s room for improvement. Either way, it’s important to know telltale signs that your current culture isn’t driving productivity.

For example, high levels of turnover, absenteeism and tardiness can lead to a serious lack of productivity. This, along with issues like regularly missing deadlines and staff passing the blame for mistakes from one person to the next will impact your bottom line.

Sounding a bit too familiar? Here’s a look at a few ways your company might be inadvertently causing this behavior.

Four Characteristics that Fuel an Unproductive Company Culture

Lack of Recognition

The best employees don’t need or expect excessive praise. However, it doesn’t feel great to really exceed expectations and feel like your boss didn’t notice or care. As a busy manager, you might not even realize you’re doing this. It’s easy to be impressed by an employee’s effort, but forget to actually recognize them.

The thing is, they won’t know you’re pleased with their work unless you say something. Make a point in 2023 to call employees out when they’ve gone above and beyond for the good of the team.

Poor Communication From Management

Your company is a huge part of your employees’ lives, so feeling like they’re in the dark — understandably doesn’t sit well. When employees learn about organizational updates through the grapevine or in the news, they feel insignificant. It’s important to ensure people are always kept in the loop by sharing news with them in a timely manner, because they deserve it.

Additionally, communication between employees and managers needs to feel like a dialog. If people feel like they’re constantly talked at, but rarely heard, they assume their input isn’t wanted or appreciated.

Little-to-No Flexibility

Technology has changed the way modern companies function. In the past, having people in a traditional office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. was the standard, but this is now largely considered archaic. When possible, giving employees a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home — at least some of the time — makes them both happier and more productive. When people are able to balance their personal and professional lives, they’re happier and more focused.

No Room to Grow

It’s hard to get too excited about a job when you know there’s no upward mobility. If most positions at your company don’t offer room to grow, people probably aren’t that inspired to go the extra mile, because they know they’ll never get a promotion.

Find out what it would take for your top employees to stay with the company and try to create space for them to grow. Carefully assess your org chart to look for ways to restructure or add new positions.

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