Written by Guest Author | October 28, 2015
Whether you conduct your online recruitment in Belfast, Dublin or any other part of Ireland or Northern Ireland, certain things stay the same – not least, the basic ingredients of a truly great workplace.
Your business not being Google or Apple or another massive player doesn’t mean that you should neglect company culture – indeed, it is arguably even more important for the world’s smaller firms.
Here are 3 ways to get your office culture horribly, horribly wrong.
1. Distrust your workers
If you’re one of those business owners who have ridiculously strict rules on the amount of time that employees can spend on the toilet or using their mobile phone during working hours, don’t be surprised if they’re desperate to leave you for pastures new.
Sure, you will want your employees to perform at their best for your company, but signalling that you don’t trust them to do their jobs without imposing all manner of rules and restrictions is a terrible way to try to encourage this.
2. Fail to follow your own rules
Let’s imagine that you are, indeed, one of the above business owners. Do you even follow your own rules? Strict rules are even more divisive among your workers if they don’t believe you are prepared to lead by example.
If anything, you should actually go further than the standards that you set for your employees. If you expect them to arrive at work on time without fail, be there at least 10 minutes beforehand. If they aren’t allowed to shop online during their lunch break, don’t do it yourself, irrespective of the circumstances.
Consider what actually motivates your rules in the first place, and how any new rule will actually benefit your firm in terms of worker morale, employee retention and ensuring consistently high standards. Would you be happy with these rules if you were a ‘rank and file’ employee?
3. Punishing all of your workers for the offences of a few
It’s a mantra beloved of football managers across the world: “We win together and we lose together”. As good a philosophy as this is, it’s also true that some people take it too far.
There are so many instances, for example, of business owners who are scared of confrontation sending an email warning to the whole team to remain on schedule with work, when in reality, they are only being let down by one or two employees who are failing to pull their weight.
If you find yourself in this situation as a business owner, don’t risk resentment in your whole team with unwarranted criticism of the majority of workers. Instead, actually approach those one or two troublesome employees, support them in improving their performance or ship them out.
It may be true that there is no one route to corporate success. However, the aforementioned three methods are certainly three surefire routes to failure to retain your employees and get the best out of those that remain.