Five company culture improvement ideas that work

Keeping your employees engaged and happy isn’t about shiny slides or having free beer on tap, it’s about improving the small everyday things and empowering them to do things for themselves. This article will help HR create better, intuitive processes to prove to employees that the business cares about the small things…

Company culture is shaped by our daily work rituals – just like exercising well leads to better health, investing in your people and good processes will naturally improve company culture.

Here are five easy, actionable ideas you can implement today to improve company culture, both in the short and long-term:

1. Encourage staff to take holidays
Not every member of staff takes the time off they’re entitled to. A study by Direct Line Travel Insurance revealed that up to four million British workers do not take their full holiday allowance every year, and this could be having a detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of staff. Ask yourself if your current absence management processes make employees feel comfortable about requesting time off. To encourage employees make full use of their annual leave by stipulating when employees need to use their holidays by and implementing an automated system that sends them reminders to book time off. Not only does this result in happier individuals, but a well-rested and healthier workforce is good for business.

2. Reimburse expenses faster
Slow expense processes can be draining, especially on the people who are out-of-pocket and the financial teams wading through mounds of receipts to get them processed. Add to this sloppy submitting, approval lags and reimbursement holdups, and everyone involved can end up feeling scornful and frustrated. Through automation, you can save days on your expense system, gain a real-time picture of your expense liabilities and compensate employees quickly in the process.

3. Give employees regular feedback
Many employees don’t get enough feedback, and when they do get it once a year it’s often based on outdated information and unfair ranking systems (Read our blog on Why unconventional reviews work). Regular, timely feedback can vastly improve performance, reinforce positive behaviours and create that all important feeling of togetherness so everyone works towards the same goal.

4. Make it easy for employees to request appraisals
We know that conducting regular appraisals with staff opens doors to make employees feel valued and refocused. But take this further by giving employees the autonomy and opportunity to ask for appraisals when they feel the need to understand when and why they’re doing well, and how to fix things when they’re not. This will give them a sense of control over their own destiny so they strive to make more of a success of their role.

5. Enable employees to report absences in real-time
Sickness absence can have a big impact on productivity levels and the morale of employees if managed poorly. When dealing with unplanned absences, line managers need to deliver a personalised approach for every employee to make them feel like they’re being treated fairly. Implementing a self-service system where staff can report in sick on their smartphones will help managers capture timely and accurate information to better manage absence and apply a policy to fit the employee’s needs.


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