Everyone wants to be happy at work. You spend a large amount of your time every day at work, so it is important to have a good work environment. Your leadership challenge as an SME owner is to build a positive work culture. This will help you retain good employees and drive your business forward. The power of positive thinking will improve your company culture, work environment and ultimately your business. Start with yourself.
Learning to be optimistic is key for your business. Research has shown that optimistic teams perform better than pessimistic ones. Try this in your personal life too. The power of positive thinking.
Building a positive work culture should start from optimism about your business; your business will be successful, you will be successful too. From this, good thing will develop. Try building a positive work culture in your SME by taking a systematic, step-by-step approach.
Start by assessing your current company culture. This may range from no culture, through a volatile culture to a high-performance culture.
Assess this yourself then ask a few of your staff, casually, to describe your company’s culture to you in just a few words. This will help you with awareness. You will be able to understand better your staff and what changes may be needed. Once you have done this quick assessment, decide what kind of culture you want to create in your company. Then figure out strategies to achieve this.
Changing the organisational culture to a positive one start by defining one or more aspects of your desired culture. These may include:
How you achieve your new work culture goals may require one or more strategies. It will require pragmatism, as trial and error will bring results. Here are some strategies to try out:
Once you are on your way or think you have a reasonably positive work culture, step back. Stop and take a look at what you have achieved? Is your work culture positive enough?
Here are some indicators:
When you think you have built a positive work culture, maintain it. Keeping your work culture positive requires pragmatism. Remember a downturn in business may cause those bonuses to disappear, staff to leave for a different industry or many other factors that may erode your hard work.
Keeping the ball in the air can be difficult, especially in volatile Asian markets. High turnover, poor ethics and changing aspirations are all difficult to manage. Then there are changes in Government Policies that may affect your whole business.
Having key employees who are positive is a good strategy. They are your leaders. Positive leaders in your organisation will influence other staff further down the food chain. Picking and developing key leaders is as important as clearing out the negative people in your organisation.
Don’t forget the simple basics of people management: feedback, praise, recognition and reward. Your work environment is key. You spend a lot of your time at work every day. Make it a positive time.