For better or worse, every organization has a culture. It will either be one that evolves on its own or is strategically developed over time. And its strength – or lack thereof – starts at the top and permeates throughout a business. The right corporate culture is well worth your investment of time, energy and budget dollars, as it pays out the invaluable dividends of employee respect, appreciation and job satisfaction.
Values-Based Culture Defined
The very concept of culture is not unique to business. In fact, the corporate world borrowed the word from sociologists, who use the term “culture” when referring to particular sets of beliefs and behaviors specific to various regions of the world.
- No matter the context, culture informs the behaviors and attitudes of the people within it. Within a company, it’s about more than just morale. And culture is certainly not just about compensation or benefits either. Instead, it all comes down to intangible qualities of character. When someone has eyes on them, they are more likely to be on their best behavior. But the essence of who a person is, is revealed when they’re by themselves. In much the same way, a business has an intangible asset called culture – essentially the character of a company.
- As important as your customers are, your employees are actually more critical to your business. They’re the ones who interact with those customers day in and day out. So if your employees have a good attitude, that comes through in those interactions. Unfortunately, if they have a sour attitude, the same thing is true.
- Cultivating a strong culture begins by clearly defining your organization’s vision and mission, and establishing a solid set of uncompromising values that everybody can get behind. This goes for every generation of employees, from The Silent Generation and Baby Boomers through Gen-Xers, Millennials and our youngest workforce demographic, the iGen. A healthy culture is one of pride and teamwork that encourages everyone to reach their full potential.
PEOs Get Culture – Because Culture is People – and They’re in the People Business
Professional employer organizations (PEOs) help their clients in many ways, including identifying and developing the strongest culture to achieve their ongoing business goals. At Lyons HR, these values are the cornerstone of our culture – and we can help you weave them into the fabric of yours as well:
- Service: starting with hiring the right people and ingrained in effective, ongoing training.
- Teamwork: You’ll see this in our team of HR subject matter experts, who work seamlessly together for our good – and yours.
- Integrity: Doing what’s right, honest and honorable, always, regardless of the consequences.
- Respect: This includes constructive criticism delivered in a way that showcases this non-negotiable quality.
- Accountability: Employees having their own internal barometers for keeping the supply chain moving and customers satisfied.
- Excellence: In a nutshell, never compromising and constantly striving to improve.
- Empowerment: Allowing employees to experiment, expand, dream, and move forward with confidence.
- Adaptivity: Recognizing the need to change, even when doing so is less obvious.
- Relationships: Celebrating successes and sharing failures together, and embracing strategic partnerships that are mutually rewarding.
- Fun: Including healthy social interaction, laughter, mutual support, and a work environment that is, in essence, a family.
Want To Know More About What A PEO Can Do For You and Your Business?
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