Every company has a unique culture that is subtly communicated through the way employees interact with one another and customers. While new employees may pick up on the company culture quickly, others may need more guidance. Fortunately, there are a number of ways employees can learn and understand the company culture.
What is Company Culture?
Company culture is a set of attitudes, values, beliefs, goals, and other characteristics a company or org follows to create a gratifying work environment that everyone wants to come to every day.
It’s more than what your company wears on a uniform or a tie. It’s part of the job that relates to everything from management and leadership to employee performance. It’s intimately tied with trust and improving communication at work. It is easily felt but sometimes it is difficult to describe.
One of the many components of your company culture is your core values.
These are the guiding principles that dictate acceptable behaviors and help people understand right from wrong.
Your company culture is reflective of the key core values and how you operate within the company.
How well you have communicated your core values throughout the company will be demonstrated to your new hire during their onboarding process, where most new hires are still deciding if they actually want to stay at your company.
69% of employees are most likely to stay with the company for at least 3 years if they experience great onboarding. So, create the same WOW experience as you would for your customers for your new hire.
Here are a few of my favorite tips to give a new hire experience that will make them never want to leave:
- Have their workspace set up before they arrive with applicable equipmentThis will make them feel welcomed and feel a part of something and they feel you were expecting? Not doing this is almost like inviting guests over to your home and when they arrive you say “I forgot you were coming”.
- Have a welcome agenda for their first day which can include meeting all the people they should know as part of their new role
- Assign a buddy for their first few weeks to get them acclimated so they don’t feel alone and can instantly become familiar with the group and their work environment.The buddy you assigned with the new hire will not only help them become familiar with their environment and the job but also teach them about the company culture whether it’s created by you or not. So make sure it’s you who is creating it, so your new hire is excited about their career at your company.
Before you extend an offer for your next new hire, make sure that you have all these in place so you won’t have to experience the revolving door of hires.
Company culture is a term that is often thrown around, but what does it actually mean?
At its core, company culture refers to the values and beliefs that are shared by the employees of a business. These values guide employee decisions and interactions, shaping how the company functions as a whole.
While it’s important for every business to have clearly defined core values, not all companies take the time to teach these values to new hires. If you want your company culture to be successful, it’s crucial to make sure your new employees understand what it stands for. Luckily, there are several strategies you can use to do just that. To learn more about creating and implementing a winning company culture, download 7 Strategies to Create a Winning Company Culture.