Bad news spreads around the business world when the hostile inner workings of a company come to light in the media. Bad practices and culture in business can bring upon you, a negative reputation that once formed is very difficult to shake off. It may even make consumers think twice before they buy a product from you, and force potential employees to hesitate before they submit a job application to work in your business.

With the modern world of business fully integrated with social media, bad practices within companies can spread quickly online, and your company culture comes into question. Many things create a culture, but most of all it’s the boundaries which are set within a company that all employees operate under. It’s a delicate balance to juggle your personality being infused within the business, and the general practices you need for meeting in the middle with your employees. However, there are certain guiding factors that you should try to mold the attitude of your business around.

Creating the Culture

Nothing in your business should be left to chance, and the mood in your office is no exception. You should outline to your staff what is and isn’t permissible. You don’t want to create a strict environment where employees feel pressured to follow a very narrow line of operating. This kind of attitude can lead to a lack of innovation because the creation and swapping of ideas often come through heated debate and passionate voices. Creating a culture is much about cultivating a mindset in your business as it is to build the image you wish to show to the outside world.

Be Mindful of Employee Needs

Every company should listen to the needs of its employees. No one will want to work for a company that has a nonchalant attitude to the concerns of people who pour their heart into working for them. Your business must be fluent in proper employment law, giving generous maternity leave to pregnant staff members, while dealing with disputes and grievances of office practices.

A happy worker is a proficient worker, and achieving a level of respect from your employees, comes from taking their concerns seriously. Staff may be unhappy about the facilities at the office, such as the standard of the toilets, security issues, or even a lack of air conditioning. Creating a positive environment is easy if you’re willing to learn from employees as much as you are willing to impart wisdom unto them.

Red Lines

During meetings, you should encourage your staff to speak up and communicate what’s on their mind, so more ideas about products can be fleshed out. However, you should outline that rude language, and personal attacks are out of bounds. Physical altercations should be treated with a no tolerance policy and must be immediately responded to by a disciplinary hearing. Undermining of fellow employees and disregarding orders from superiors such as section managers should be treated as hostile and as a saboteurs intent. Sexism, racism, and homophobia should not be tolerated and expressed to staff members during their introductory period.

Company cultures are incredibly important because it’s where people spend the majority of their day. An environment where employees don’t feel comfortable will have an adverse impact on the level of productivity. On the other hand, a great atmosphere can bolster resolve and motivate staff to go above and beyond for your business.