The Stronger the Culture, the Stronger the Company

The Stronger the Culture, the Stronger the Company

It becomes somewhat a cliché to say, simply because it’s all too real.  Although the salary you offer your employees may be enticing, it is not enough. Are you offering your employees a healthy working environment that promotes mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing? Company culture plays a significant role when employees consider whether your workplace is one where they can see themselves fitting into and at that, be happy.

Cultural fit considers whether the employee’s values and the business’s values align – are they working a job that allows them to be passionate about what they do because they truly believe in what the company is selling or offering its clients? These are the questions you need to ask yourself when considering whether employees are the right fit for your company.

Although anyone with the right capabilities can get the job done, only those who truly believe in what they do will add significant values to your company and its stakeholders. After all, if you love your job, it doesn’t feel like working. Although the job may be demanding, along with all the pressures of meeting targets, true passion shines through when employees immerse themselves in the company culture and take pride in their role in the company’s success.

Cross-pillar collaboration

In companies where employees work within departments, you can find departments become comfortable working in silos. While certain work needs to be assigned per department, there is also value in aligning to foster cross-pillar collaboration that results in a holistic 360-degree strategy. This is not only good for the desired outcome of the project but also allows employees to understand and experience what the other departments are responsible for – building respect and appreciation for the work that other departments do.

Give credit where credit is due

Employees who take their job seriously will more often than not, be their own biggest critics. While you may have 101 projects or deadlines on the go, it is important as the manager or team lead to press pause and congratulate employees when good work is done. In companies where team effort is required, acknowledge those who have had a significant hand in bringing the team to where it is. A simple pat on the back can motivate employees and encourage them to give every project their level best because their efforts are being recognized.

Constructive criticism 

While your employees might not get every project or task right 100% of the time, it is important to remember we are all human and mistakes will be inevitable.

Offer your employees an opportunity to learn and grow from their mistakes. Your delivery, reaction, and what you say to employees depicts whether your criticism is constructive or designed to tear people down. Constructive criticism should acknowledge the positives of the project or task while also looking to correct or improve weaker areas – this cannot be done in a condescending tone or in public for the whole office to hear as you scream in frustration.

Take the time to have an important conversation with your employees to truly understand what went wrong and how you can assist/support them in ensuring a better result for the next project.

While there are many other factors to consider in your road to building a stronger company culture, these 3 areas are the foundation of building an understanding work environment. The biggest trick is to position the company as a high-performing space while allowing for healthy interactions between colleagues and management. It is never too late to start practicing the basics of improving your company culture!

Supreme Staffing Group – Superior People, Superior Service

Contact one of our recruitment experts today!

Please like and share us:
Be Ready, First Impressions Count

Be Ready, First Impressions Count

After all your efforts towards employment, there’s one more hurdle to jump (and arguably the most important) – the interview. Your credentials have taken you this far but now your personality can take you even further. The job interview allows you to bring your CV to life. Here’s some simple tips and tricks to get you through your interview and create a lasting impression:

Let your research be the foundation
This should’ve been your very first step when applying for the job. Now that you’ve secured an interview, reach out to existing employees to find out what the office/workspace is like. From a general conversation, you’ll be able to gage the atmosphere, working environment, company culture and values.

Dress the part
Whether you’re going into corporate or agency, there are certain standards to uphold. Take pride in the way you look – the basics like ironing your clothes, looking clean and still showing your personal creativity through self-expression really goes a long way.

Punctuality is key
Upon receiving your interview details, you should take the time to plan your route from home to your interview location. Take traffic into consideration and factor in any variables that could affect your travel time. Arrive at your interview 5-10 minutes ahead of time. This will also allow you to start your interview on a strong foot – cool, calm and collected as opposed to running in late and feeling frazzled. Arriving on time not only shows your respect for other people’s time but also assists in making a good impression on your first meet and greet with your potential future employer.

Offline and present
Whilst our mobile devices have somewhat become an extension of our hands, switching your phone on silent during your interview is not enough. Should you receive a call or text message, your phone still lights up and from the corner of your eye, it grabs your attention – losing eye contact and often distracting you altogether from the conversation you’re engaged in. The best is putting your phone completely off and leaving it in your pocket or bag, showing you’re present in your interview.

Body language speaks volumes
There are many little habits you can pick up over the years. Even more so, these become more obvious to the person you’re engaging with when you’re in a stressful situation. Take a deep breath before going into your interview and be yourself. Instead of thinking of your interview as an interrogation, see it as a conversation. Your posture, the way you walk into the room, fidgeting or shaking your leg under the table say a lot about your confidence and energy. Be mindful of your facial expressions – eye rolls, sighs, avoiding eye contact or playing with your mouth can make you seem unsure of yourself.

Any questions?
More often than not, the interviewer will present you with the opportunity to ask any questions at the very end of the interview. Don’t be afraid to make use of this opportunity – iron out any uncertainties you might have.

Finish strong
As the final questions come to an end, remember that you aren’t done yet. There are still formalities in wrapping up the interview – such as asking your interviewer what the next steps are regarding your application, thanking your interviewer for their time and ending with a firm handshake. End your interview with the same, strong energy you started with.

Now that you have our tips and tricks, go forth and conquer your big interview day. You’ve got this!

Supreme Staffing Group – Superior People, Superior Service

Contact one of our recruitment experts today!

Please like and share us: