Company culture is a vital part of any successful business model. Happy employees equal happy clients.
This is not a new phenomenon; it’s Business 101. Yet in today’s competitive global marketplace, maintaining a thriving (and happy) office environment often gets pushed to the bottom of a CEO’s to-do list.
When I launched STRV, a mobile app and web development studio, more than a decade ago, I didn’t give much thought to company culture. There were just five of us crammed in a tiny office space with one toilet, working around the clock to make ends meet. I didn’t have the time (nor the cash) to plan elaborate team-building retreats or Friday-night mixers.
Today, my “little” studio now has more than 100 employees in five offices, actively working on projects for top U.S. startups. Company culture is one of my top priorities. It should be yours as well, regardless of whether you’re a seasoned chief executive or just starting out. Improving your company’s culture doesn’t have to break your budget, but investing in your employees will certainly improve your bottom line.
Here are eight tips to help you enhance your company’s culture:
1. Validate the achievements of the company as well as the individual employee.