Back to Ripervalley's Insight Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast Hide Show The culture of a company is often nothing less than a reflection of what the company itself stands for. It’s the very foundation of the workforce, their satisfaction levels and their voice in the businesses. Here’s a few strategic ways to ensure a productive, positive and thriving culture. Bestow Ownership. The key to a good culture is for the employees to feel like they own it. By encouraging and empowering the employees, you will be able to shape their thought process such that they also align to the company’s vision and are mindful of the kind of culture they maintain. Mutual Respect In the spirit of the diversity at a workplace, it is very important to maintain a sphere of mutual respect and understanding that cuts through the hierarchy and brings the entire workforce together. Practice and Implement Instead of constantly talking about the ideal kind of culture, make sure you are putting it into action and implementing what you want. Decentralise it to all levels and make sure the leaders, team members and everyone else is on the same page as you are and are convinced of the strategy. Without the support of every level, it’s not going to come into practice and come alive. Lead by example If the management body or the leaders of an organisation fail to display a culture they would like the members to follow, it is highly unlikely that the membership body would adopt the culture you want them to. A positive culture has to come from the top and trickle all the way down in its implementation. Have written down core values Having core values as the basis of why your company exists and what it stands for brings everyone on an equal footing. It fuels passion into the workforce and brings them together to believe in a common set of statements and values. This helps in combating any issues that arise. Acknowledge what’s going right It’s often human nature to focus on what’s not going right and constantly discuss the same. However, for a positive culture to develop and sustain, the leaders of the company must reiterate and acknowledge things that are going well for the company and the employee’s participation in it. Once a company starts celebrating success, it shall flourish. Lastly, share a common ground with the employees and spend time focusing on the culture of the company as one of the fundamentals for its progress and success.