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3 Questions to Ask If You Think Your Company Culture is Getting Muddled

How often do you reexamine your company culture? According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 51 percent of the U.S. workforce is not engaged with their jobs. A lack of engagement can lead to a devastating domino effect on businesses, causing high turnover rates, negative feelings in the workplace and, ultimately, muddling the mission associated with your company culture as it puts other values — like money — before its unique vision or team.

Afraid that you’re on a slippery slope to losing your positive company culture? Here are three questions and their solutions to get back on the right track.

  1. Are your employees overworked — or underworked?

When examining your overall company culture, you should be able to distinguish whether your employees are overworked, underworked, or potentially a little bit of both. Those that are overworked may suffer from feeling overwhelmed by deadlines and anxiety brought on by heavy workloads. This kind of stress can ultimately impact their performance and cause a rise in sick leave, which can lead to disengagement and employee burnout. Meanwhile, professionals have admitted they are bored at work for 10.5 hours each week. This kind of boredom usually means that there isn’t enough for the employee to do or that the workload itself isn’t challenging enough.

What can you do to flip this around?

Admittedly, every workplace goes through busy seasons so it’s not always possible to create light workloads year-round. The best thing to do is to check in with your team and their respective workloads regularly. Delegate work to even out for each member within a specific department and tie in the assignments with their matching skill sets. Offer to help out where you can too, as a self-sacrificing leader tends to inspire employee loyalty and commitment.

  1. What does the wellbeing of your team look like?

The weather isn’t the only reason why health declines in the workplace. As I mentioned earlier, employees will often call in sick when faced with the stress of heading into work. Even those that do go in may suffer from symptoms that affect their health like being lethargic or anxious. Disengagement may even cause workers to gradually begin dialing in their duties. Being absent from work is expensive for both the employee and the employer with stress on the job responsible for the loss of 550 million workdays each year.

What can you do to flip this around?

Take the time to have a one-on-one conversation with your employees. Let them know that you have their best interests at heart and want to help out. Some may have deeper health issues that you may realize. Others may be in need of flexible scheduling options in order to better accommodate a healthy work/life balance. Listen to everything your team has to say and work to implement solutions. You may offer your employees gym memberships, initiative a flexible scheduling program or have the entire company unplug over the weekends to eliminate after-hours work stress. Being supportive and listening to what your employees have to say shows how much you value each member and their wellbeing. In turn, employees feel appreciated and that their role matters within the organization.

  1. Are you practicing an attitude of gratitude?

Do you say thank you to your team on a regular basis? What about acknowledging their accomplishments? What do you express your attitude of gratitude — that is, if you have one at all?

What can you do to flip this around?

Start by saying thank you. These two words are so craved by employees that 70 percent of workers believe that the more management says them, the more motivation and morale will improve. While you’re giving thanks, take some time to praise the hard work of everyone on your team. Not just a selected few individuals, but everyone. This ensures nobody is left behind and empowers the entire team to continue going above and beyond with their workload. Don’t make any of this a one-time acknowledgment either. Practice your attitude of gratitude year-round to further build up a positive company culture.

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @mycorporation.

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