Building a successful company starts with picking the best employees, and building upon the relationship through mentorship, promoting employees when appropriate, and seeking external expertise and talent as needed. Selecting employees based on their cultural fit works well, also; having everyone on the same page come Monday morning means a workplace where everyone pulls for each other, including the company and its objectives.
But once the team gets built, then what? Creating and nurturing a successful business is one thing; creating the best place to work is quite another.
UE.co is a Great Place To Work Certified company, where 94% of employees rate the San Diego based employer as a great place to work. The company is also dedicated to promoting the pursuit of higher education and recently announced the UE.co Community Scholarship to support innovators and leaders in the community.
Here, UE.co shares strategies that companies can implement to create the best workplace.
1. Maintain a Coachable Environment:
In the same way that a sports team benefits from ongoing feedback, companies, where employee coaching happens on a regular basis, endorse a highly productive environment and promote continuous improvement. And it’s not about pointing out flaws; it’s about encouraging employees to push farther, beyond their attainable limits, and encouraging them to share their ideas openly. According to Quantum Workplace, that includes being open to employee feedback to the manager, also known as 360 feedback.
2. Create Well-Defined Core Values:
Embracing well-defined core values not only serves as something of a roadmap for how the company behaves in the ordinary course of business; it also sets the stage for how employees are expected to conduct themselves. Another benefit includes promoting the company’s core purpose, or it’s “why” as described in Simon Sinek’s famous TEDx talk. As an added benefit, when management leads their teams based on those distinct core values, they will attract both internal and external talent that shares those same core beliefs and values. When employees share values with their employer, they feel engaged and mission-driven, something that Fast Company identifies as critical attributes that employees considered when rating their employer in the Best Places to Work in 2019. Everyone wins.
3. Engage with Your Community:
As a follow-up to how employee engagement increases when they share their company’s well-defined core values, corporate responsibility in the communities where employees spend their time outside of work further deepens that commitment. According to entrepreneur.com, engaging with and serving the community not only builds customer loyalty, but it allows employees to volunteer and to develop outside of the workplace. Getting employees on board is crucial, as is letting everyone know what the company does for the community at large.
What This Means:
Ultimately, creating the best place to work comes down to employee engagement. Not only does Harvard Business Review identify engaged employees as 50% more likely to exceed expectations than least-engaged employees, but companies with engaged employees outperform their peers four-fold in terms of revenue growth, 89% in terms of customer satisfaction and 54% in employee retention. The strategies outlined above by UE.co are rooted in employee engagement.