Every successful story has a history of blood, sweat and tears – as the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built overnight!
But as your company starts to evolve from humble beginnings into a leader in its field, you will undoubtedly feel a combination of emotions for the results your hard work has yielded. Gratitude, satisfaction and pride are all entirely valid feelings, on behalf of both yourself and the hard-working team you’ve had alongside you. Success breeds success and leads to a team of employees who are energized and engaged, with high levels of motivation.
It can take a long time to reach the point where it’s possible to take a few moments to reflect on your journey so far, and to appreciate the fact that you’ve achieved real success. Having a business where employees enjoy coming to work, and where they are continuously inspired is a real achievement. But what exactly does it take to get this far? Some of the most dedicated workforces across different companies all have something in common, a quality identified by The Great Place to Work Institute: a commitment to providing an employee experience.
Far more than simply offering physical premises to carry out a job, those who excel deliver in three key areas: challenge, culture and contribution. But what exactly does that mean? Here’s a closer look at the finer details.
Embracing a challenge
Employees who are dedicated are the soul of any workplace experience, creating a dynamic setting and delivering top notch performances. A great example of this can be found in the gaming industry, a market worth in excess of $100 billion. One of the key elements to its success is in the challenge it offers players, keeping them engaged and enthused about wanting more.
Many companies are keen to streamline processes, removing any complexities to improve productivity and efficiencies. While this isn’t necessarily the wrong approach to take, it’s vital to balance this against the wellbeing of your employees who will thrive of being challenged and will engage far more deeply when they’re stimulated.
One way to challenge employees is to offer real opportunities to progress up the career ladder and expand their skillset. The companies that invest in their employees in this way are the same ones who have a workforce who are more productive, skilled and happier too.
Getting the culture right
The culture is vital to any workplace as it permeates everything you do. Your ethos and culture will be visible to those outside your company and will be a key component in whether you’re able to attract the top talent when you’re recruiting.
But it’s far more than just a superficial facade; the culture extends throughout the daily interactions of your employees and will have a big impact on how they’re made to feel. Whether it’s new employees joining your company or established staff who want to feel valued in their role, if you don’t have the right culture, everything else will crumble.
The team that feels they are truly part of the business are a team who will be invested in the ultimate success. Studies have shown that when able to contribute to a shared goal, there’s a much greater sense of satisfaction and purpose. This can be invaluable in the workplace, motivating employees to go above and beyond what you might reasonably expect.
To be truly authentic, you need to demonstrate that the company contributes in kind and gives back as much as it receives. Ways you can achieve this is through showing you have a commitment to social responsibility, are part of the local community and also contribute to charities. All these factors help employees to feel that they’re working for an organization where their input can make a real difference in many ways.
By focusing your efforts on improving the workplace experience for your team, you will inevitably be also contributing to your own success. Having a world-class workplace is something you have every right to feel proud of. Invest in the team around you, and you will be rewarded with their commitment to your company values and their dedication in driving to even greater success in the future. Working together in a harmonious and dynamic way, you will indeed be creating a caring workplace to be grateful for.