By Ryan Velez
If you’ve been on a job search or in an HR position for a period of time, you’ve likely pondered what exactly the term company culture means and what makes a good one. Part of the issue stems from the attitude we have regarding productivity in this country, which instantly conjures images of grit, discipline, and plenty of long hours. However, we see now that some of the most successful businesses in the country, like Google, are embracing things like entertainment, gourmet food, and perks, which many are saying are a part of their success. A recent article from The Network Journal shows ways that your company can get work done, while still creating that elusive culture that the best candidates are looking for.
One of the best things you can do as a boss is to establish an open-door policy. This invites your employees to ask questions, openly interact, and even challenge their managers in a positive way. This allows them to feel more comfortable in their communication, letting red flags not go unmissed and ideas go up the chain of command. This policy is used in both traditional and non-traditional corporate structures, making it a good place to start if you are revising your company culture.
Sometimes, a small investment can mean a lot to your company in the end. The perfect example is keeping stocked snacks. 67 percent of employees who receive free food at work are very happy with their jobs, yet only 16 percent of employees overall claim to get it. Employees get a cost benefit, but also can avoid eating heavier lunches that result in them being tired in the afternoon. Millennials also consider this perk more important than any other age group.
Interestingly, one of the biggest things that you may not be thinking about is office layout. A survey of 75 New York startups revealed that 94 percent of founders believe office space plays a role in attracting talent. Some things to look out for are airy spaces with lots of natural light. This is part of the reason while the open floor plan is so popular with many startups. Granted, this may not be the ideal plan for every business. If you do want to follow through with it, make sure that you accommodate for some isolated quiet spaces that people can use for meetings, calls, or just putting their nose to the grindstone when it comes to work.