Growing businesses already have enough worries to juggle on their plate but one of the biggest concerns among them is managing their culture while trying to maintain their growth. Every business is different but one thing that should matter to all of them is company culture and why they should maintain it especially when your workforce is growing. Things get complicated when a business is trying to expand as more employees mean more worries because changes can happen fast and when it does it can interfere with how employees engage with one another. Here are some of the ways to avert disaster when a companies culture is at risk.
Talk to your team– Employees can feel like they have no control when changes are happening all around them and that could threaten the companies culture. The problem is they do not feel engaged and that their opinions do not matter. People begin to see each other as less of a team but more of group of people working individually. Activities that encourage team work and effort fosters a culture of collaboration. When people work in teams they get things done and they feel less disengaged and more closer of the organization.
Organization– It goes without saying that if your company is disorganized not much can be accomplished. Not everyone likes changes so if your organization is expanding and you have to figure out how fit 20 new employees within small teams really quickly there’s going to be a lot of bumps in the road as was the case for Sermelo a public relations and consultant company based in London,England. With new employees coming in a new floor was needed to accommodate them which means making sure the company have the technical infrastructure available for their employees to use fortunately they did ahead of time so that the new workers transition into the company would be organized.
Keeping organization’s traditions alive– One of the reasons why each company is unique from one another is because of company traditions. Company traditions vary per organization but they are key traits that characterize what that organization stands for. They encompass values and beliefs that the employees share and they can also determine the success of your business because a company with employees that engages each other regularly and have a strong tradition of cooperation and encouraging open discussions would most likely do better then a business with unproductive anti social employees that value their own time only.
Encouraging open dialogue– Expansion usually means the communication chain between the upper and lower management gets longer and on top of that a strict hierarchy style of management communication where only people of certain positions can talk is not always beneficial because the organization is missing out on ideas and new creative approaches that could benefit the organization. Creating an environment that nurtures these ideas would help the company and make employees feel secure voicing their opinions, experiences and advice. One on one interaction shouldn’t only be between people of higher positions and those with equal status because when it comes to brainstorming all voices should be heard.
Change is a big thing that companies go through sometimes but it’s important not to lose sight of how your employees feel about it since they are an important asset to any organization. Keep investing time into your companies values and it’s human capital. Don’t let any big change overwhelm your organization because the only thing that should keep everything working as they should in your company is you and your team. Keeping all these things in mind should keep your business working environment afloat.
This article was used sourced material from http://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/4-tips-to-maintain-company-culture-while-experiencing-rapid-growth.html and https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2013/sep/30/managing-company-culture-shock-growth?CMP=share_btn_fb.