👉 Here’s an uncomfortable truth… if your company culture could be in trouble, it’s costing you money.
Companies with a highly engaged workforce are 21% more profitable and 17% more productive than those with disengaged staff.
Engaged employees outperform their peers because they tend to be more innovative, and efficient, and have higher customer retention rates.
Yet many employers are struggling to find and keep employees engaged. What are they missing?
One of the biggest reasons for employee turnover is a toxic company culture.
When employees feel undervalued, unsupported, or disrespected, they’re more likely to jump ship.
If you’re worried about your company culture, here are 9 common signs that it’s time for a checkup!
1. Attracting Candidates Who Are The Right Fit
Judy – should this one say “Trouble Attracting…”
Would you like to be more efficient with the process of hiring?
Do you find yourself filling positions with candidates even if they aren’t qualified just to have a warm body working?
Are you looking to hand off the whole process to someone else because you don’t want to deal with it anymore? Building a resilient CULTURE starts with recruiting and retaining the right talent. Ensure your hiring process aligns with your vision and values.
2. Afraid To Delegate
As a business owner, it can be challenging to hand off tasks to other team members, yet the message you’re sending to them is you don’t have confidence that they will get it done correctly or completed at all.
If you’re micromanaging your employees or taking on too much work yourself, it’s creating a bottleneck in your business. Trust your employees to do their jobs and give them the authority they need to be successful.
3. Company Culture Just Doesn’t Feel Right
Even if you can’t specifically name it, leaders can usually feel something is just not right within their organization. It might be there’s a lot of gossip, backstabbing, or other negative behavior in your office that’s creating a toxic work environment.
Similarly, it indicates the same if you’re seeing cliques or groups who always break off together and avoid collaborating with others. This is one of the most common indicators of trouble with your culture.
4. Owner Is Stuck In The Weeds
Do you feel like you can’t get out of the tiny details to work on the big picture day to day? Or that the work pulls you down and starves your energy because you’re still doing everything yourself?
Business owners need to empower their team members and give them the freedom to do their jobs. Remember, if you’re constantly bogged down by the small stuff, it’s impossible to focus on the big-picture goals that will drive your business forward.
5. Employees Leave Immediately At Closing Time
It’s a big indicator of a culture issue if your employees are racing out the door the second they’re able to or overly eager to leave work. These same employees often avoid coming in to work early, and it’s a sign that they’re simply not engaged or motivated.
6. Employees Don’t Seem To Understand Vision or Share Your Commitment
If your employees don’t understand your company’s vision or they’re not passionate about their work, it’s going to be difficult to achieve your goals.
Employers often blame the employees for this failure but it’s not always their fault. A good question to ask yourself would be… have I communicated the vision clearly to the team and on a regular basis?
7. Employees Don’t Live Your Business’s Core Values
If your employees aren’t living your company’s core values, it’s creating a disconnect between your company’s mission and its reality. The subsequent impact is dramatic.
Leaders need to understand there is a big difference between HAVING Core Values – and LIVING Core Values, including demonstrating them on a regular basis.
8. Leaders and Managers avoid difficult Conversations
No one enjoys having difficult conversations but if your leaders are avoiding them with employees, it’s creating a culture of fear and silence. While they may be unpleasant in the moment, your leaders need to have open and honest conversations with employees, even when it’s difficult.
9. Tolerate Employees With Ongoing Issues
If you’re tolerating employees with ongoing performance or behavioral issues, it’s creating a double standard and lowering expectations for everyone else. This corrodes the integrity of the leaders and creates uncertainty within the organization.
A strong company culture is essential for success. When employees feel valued, supported, and respected, they’re more likely to be engaged, motivated, and productive!
If you’re seeing any of these signs in your company, it’s time to take action! Take the Culture Checkup to assess your company’s culture and identify areas for improvement.