4 Ways to Create Stronger Relationships Within Your Culture
Building lasting relationships with clients is of utmost importance to business owners and employees. However, the relationships we have within our teams need to be just as good, if not better, to be able to effectively work together.
We are with our co-workers up to eight hours a day, so creating strong relationships is crucial to having a successful work culture. Whether you are the president of a company, or a new hire, having “work friends” aids in creating an inviting environment where people can be their most authentic selves.
Continue reading to learn more about how to create stronger relationships within your work culture.
Why is Creating a Strong Workplace Culture So Important?
Creating strong relationships within your workplace culture can make or break your experience as an employee. When the culture is great, people thrive — and it shows through employee relations and productivity. Let’s take a look at a few ways to adjust your organization’s dynamic to promote strong relationships within work culture.
1. Create a Judgment-Free Workplace
Work culture is a unique thing. You can spend most of your time with a certain group of people and still not know much about them. It’s important to create a judgment-free environment in your workplace, because you want employees to feel comfortable with sharing new ideas in a collaborative setting. When employees feel that they are not going to be judged, they will be more open to collaborating with co-workers, which in turn will lead to forming stronger relationships.
It’s important for co-workers to have a space where they feel that they can be themselves. No one wants to be in an office for eight hours a day where you feel like you have to conform, or be someone you’re not. The workplace needs to be a safe space where people are able to collaborate, suggest unique ideas, and own up to challenges, respectfully.
Put It In Action
To create a judgment-free workplace, co-workers need to all be open to new ideas and discussion from any department. Collaboration is an important part of having a cohesive, well-rounded team, but it’s something that can be off-putting to employees if they feel that they are going to be negatively judged for what they contribute. Leaders should encourage everyone to share ideas, and also promote respectful discussion and responses.
2. Model Vulnerability
Without vulnerability, relationships can feel superficial. As humans, we want to connect and relate with each other, and that can’t happen without encouraging vulnerability. In order to create stronger relationships within your culture, you need to be able to be vulnerable with each other. It’s important to realize that vulnerability looks different to different people — but when practiced in a way that appeals to everyone, vulnerability can nurture innovation and retain talent in an organization.
Put It In Action
To encourage vulnerability in your workplace, leaders need to model vulnerable behavior, such as engaging in check-in meetings with employees. These meetings can be as simple as your employer asking you how you’re feeling at the end of the week. Employees, especially new hires, will feel a sense of community within their work culture if they see their leader(s) modeling vulnerable behavior. Seeing leaders express vulnerability will make for a safe workplace where employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions.
3. Encourage Honesty
Setting a tone of open communication and honesty within your organization is critical when building strong relationships within your culture. Without honesty, there’s no way to build valuable, lasting relationships with your co-workers.
The more transparent the work environment is, the happier employees normally are. In fact, in multiple studies employees have noted that company transparency was the number one factor in determining their workplace happiness. Centering your organization’s core values around honesty will aid in employee self-accountability and responsibility. Encouraging honesty within your culture makes for a more tightly knit group, which in turn will improve employee productivity.
Put It In Action
Creating an atmosphere for honesty can be easier said than done. But, if employers want their organizations to value honesty, they need to first model honest behavior. Such as, speaking up (respectfully) when something is not done correctly, or encouraging all employees to be proactive and honest about their opinions. Working in an office full of people who value each other’s honesty will ultimately create stronger relationships within your culture.
4. Congratulate One Another
Everyone loves to be acknowledged, Whether it be for a small task or a new promotion, it’s human nature to want to be praised for a job well done. Making it a priority to congratulate your teammates on their accomplishments will remind them that their hard work does not go unnoticed.
You shouldn’t underestimate the power of recognizing large and small achievements. Celebrating professional success can stimulate feelings of inclusion, appreciation, and collaboration. Ultimately, this brings co-workers together to form stronger relationships within your culture.
It’s important to note that recognizing your co-workers “outside of work” achievements is just as rewarding. You could congratulate your co-worker on moving into a new home, a graduation, or a new addition to the family (whether that be an animal or child). Everyone loves to be recognized, even if it’s for the little things.
Put It In Action
The best way to remember this practice is to remind yourself, “if you see something great, say something great.” Office culture thrives when everyone feels valued and appreciated, and congratulating co-workers is a simple way to make everyone feel like an important part of the team.
Company Culture at Pinckney Marketing
Here at Pinckney Marketing, we try to take our own advice. We strive for all of our employees to feel comfortable in a collaborative environment, and to feel part of a team. We believe that everyone employed here plays an important role in making everyday operations run smoothly. Our employees value working in a fast-paced environment where everyone is respectful, open-minded, and available to lend a helping hand.
Figure Out Where You Fit
Although it’s important to promote a strong company culture in all organizations, as an employee, you want to find the place where you feel the most comfortable. If you value a strong company culture, and feel that your best fit is with our company, contact us to learn more about joining our team.