When you walked into the office this morning, did you pass by a hodgepodge of co-workers—including what’s-her-name and that new guy? Or were you greeted by a few friends who asked about your kid’s soccer game and wanted to know if you were free for lunch?
If the latter scenario doesn’t sound too familiar, it might be time to re-evaluate your nonprofit’s company culture.
While all organizations maintain their own unique company culture, not all cultures are purposefully constructed. So rather than allowing your culture to evolve on its own, taking the time to clearly define your nonprofit’s values and organizational goals will not only provide a sturdier foundation for your nonprofit, but also attract the best-fit employees to drive your mission objectives forward.
Follow these 5 simple rules to construct an effective (and fun) workplace culture that everyone can get onboard with:
- Ensure your leadership is on the same page—If your leadership doesn’t believe in the culture model you have in place, your employees will see right through that. When your leadership team is truly engages with the defined core values, you can more easily sustain an authentic workplace culture.
- Appoint one person to lead the charge—Identify an “owner” who’s in charge of developing a vision for your nonprofit’s culture, and coming up with a game plan for transforming the vision into a reality. Although it takes more than one person to create a culture, having one passionate person that’s culture-driven can lead to a snow-ball effect of enthusiasm throughout the team.
- Communicate openly with your staff—Your employees’ opinions should take priority when creating the building blocks for your workplace culture. Uncovering what truly drives your staff’s engagement levels on a day-to-day basis, as well as getting to know them on a more personal level, will ultimately help you create and preserve a positive strong culture.
- Hire the right employees—Although work experience is obviously important when recruiting fresh talent, you must first hire for passion. Skills can always be taught, but adding someone to your team who is truly inspired by your mission and fits in well with the other office personalities is vital to retaining a strong workforce.
- Encourage ambition and diversity—Encouraging people to try new things, and bringing on individuals with different backgrounds and interests, will keep your employees from getting bored. Fostering a positive work space where everyone can inspire one another will lead to increased productivity, stronger internal relationships and a well-rounded culture.
In addition to culture, discover what other factors are influencing your employees’ happiness? Download a FREE copy of the 2015 UST Nonprofit Employee Engagement & Retention Report.