A strong and harmonious company culture is as valuable and important as your company’s bottom line. It is said that a company culture that is lacking in harmony may not reach some of the important benchmarks it has set out to do that year. Understanding generational differences among your employees is the key to building a harmonious culture in your company.
Here are four ways that your company can encourage and support a harmonious culture around the workplace:
- Accommodate employee differences – Treat your employees as you do your customers. Learn all you can about them, work to meet their specific needs and serve them according to their unique preferences. Make an effort to accommodate personal scheduling needs, work/life balance issues and non-traditional lifestyles.
- Respect competence and initiative – Treat everyone, from the newest recruit to the most seasoned employee, as if they have great things to offer and are motivated to do their best. Hire carefully to assure a good match between people and work.
- Opt for a sophisticated management style – Give those who report to you the big picture, specific goals and measures. Then let them thrive. Give them feedback, rewards and recognition as appropriate.
- Nourish retention – Keeping valuable employees is every bit as important in today’s economy as finding and retaining customers. Offer a wide range of training options including one-on-one coaching sessions and interactive computer-based classes. You can even create an extensive and varied classroom curriculum. Encourage lots of lateral movement and broader assignments.
It is possible to create an environment that engages every employee. It just takes some learning and strategy development. Companies that successfully deal with generational differences create a work culture that not only focuses on what needs to get done, but also accommodate the various ways in which people approach work.
How broad is the generational differences in your company? How well does your company accommodate differences in employees’ approach to work? Talk to us about your experiences in the comments section.