Creating inspiring cultural work environments is a strategic tool to pilot innovation and uncover productivity. Little wonder, 41% of CEOs rate workplace culture as the critical aspect of retaining and attracting employees. Oberoi hotels, for instance, provides equal recognition opportunities by highlighting the names of employees who deliver exceptional service in its Leading Quality Assurance (LQA) reports.
While a great work environment is self-reinforcing, it is imperative for organizations to define the culture that results in exceptional work performance. How can you do this? Outlining the right values and behavior you want to see in your employees allows people to be more creative and drive constant innovation. Here are four keys that can help you fuel an innovative and inspiring work environment:
#1 Encourage collaboration and stimulation:
People thrive in environments that give them the liberty to communicate and work together. It is a good idea to provide your workforce with a clear and gripping cause to be part of the team, and define individual and collective responsibilities to create a bonded group experience. This helps build comradeship and enhance morale. In addition, employees who are encouraged to brainstorm and challenge the status quo are more motivated to perform and exceed expectations. Intuit India’s product development center has developed an Intuit Leap Program that brings together high potential performers across various business units for driving innovation.
#2 Place high value on employee wellness:
Worksites across the world are placing strategic importance on employee wellness as it helps improve healthy employee behavior and productivity. Tata Global Beverages runs a program called Wellbeing Revitalized to spread the culture of health and wellness. Through this program, they hold multiple team building activities and ensure a culture of open work environment, keeping employees inspired and motivated to achieve the desired results. The lesson here: wellness programs make employees feel valued, resulting in high morale and improved retention.
#3 Reward innovation and creativity:
Creativity at the workplace is critical for long-term success. To encourage innovation, it is crucial that organizations reward risk takers. One way to do this is to provide encouraging feedback for employee creativity or create a workplace that values flexibility and enables your staff to work in ways that boosts their brainpower. Take a leaf from SAP Labs India that has fixed creative days and transparent culture to encourage innovation.
#4 Make work more than about paychecks:
To create an inspiring workplace, it is important to engage people in a way that makes their work more meaningful to them. Create an environment where individual passions and interests are nurtured and friendly competition is encouraged. Organizations can also encourage mindfulness to enhance professional exploration and create happier and healthier teams.
Inspiration transforms the way employees at all levels perceive their capabilities, empowering and motivating them to constantly push the envelope. Simultaneously leveraging multiple programs such as employee engagement surveys, talent assessments, 360-degree feedback and open workspaces, can help create a solid foundation for an inspiring workplace. The result: the ability to continually reinforce your organization’s mission, vision and energy, strengthening its cultural fiber.