Company Culture: A platform for developing talent and cohesive teams
Company culture. It’s a phrase a lot of recruiters toss around. They talk about how new employees, new talent, new leaders will fit or enhance the company culture of the clients they work with. I’m not big on buzzwords, but company culture is an important part of the consideration that goes into making a connection between our clients and the specialized talent we provide access to.
So how does an organization utilize company culture to propel itself forward and remain competitive?
Foster a culture of growth
When you put time and resources into training and development, your company culture creates opportunities for your teams to grow. Your investment in your employees will become visible and, quite frankly, it will show that you care. If you believe in your people, they in turn will believe in your mission and goals.
Create a culture of curiosity
A vital part of being an effective leader is helping your teams establish and recognize their own goals—things within the space of their career that really matter to them. Finding a task or project that aligns with a professional’s interests, preferably one that challenges and pushes them past what they thought were their capabilities, is an organic way to help someone grow or discover their passion. Performance is always better when someone enjoys what they do.
Encourage a culture of honesty
An effective and adaptive company culture is one that makes adjustments based on employee feedback. Leaders give honest and frank feedback to the people they lead and it’s only fair that whoever is at the helm of a business afford those under them the same courtesy. This exchange provides latitude to learn, removing the obstacles that hierarchies can sometimes promote.
Promote and stick to cultural values
When looking to improve your company culture, ask yourself this, “What values do we want to be known for?” Do you want to promote the spirit of competition, an environment that is fast paced but puts emphasis on constant training so your top performers help develop employees equally as capable? Or do you want to build a family dynamic where training and development build a symbiotic professional community—a family? Whatever systemic approach you promote, commit to it. It gives those you lead an ordered, predictable and stable space to work within.
At The James Allen Companies, we take the time, do the research and get on the phone with you. We learn who you are as a business and who you want to become as a business. Together, we can find those talented professionals who will give you the momentum and staying power to create a company culture that enables and enhances every person under your leadership umbrella.