The types of things that often come to mind when we think of a business are gray suits, cramped cubicles, and bureaucracy. It’s certainly not described as the most exciting or motivating environment, and a lot of that unattractiveness has to do with the work culture.
As companies grow, bureaucratization becomes inevitable. The downside of growing up is that the sense of camaraderie you get from working in an office with a handful of people is lost. It may begin to feel like every employee is just another number in the system, lost in the long chain of command, shuffled through dry quarterly reviews and competitive bonus structures.
However, today’s forward-thinking companies all have something at the forefront. They recognize that their employees are the building blocks of the business, therefore enriching this part of the engine is integral to the overall health of the business.
Culture leaders like Lezly D’limi, CEO of Talentko, are taking the approach of putting people first. By addressing what employees need to thrive, Talentko aims to redefine what working in a corporate team environment looks like.
This is what redefining corporate culture looks like.
One of the ways that companies can train their employees is to invest early in the growth and professional development of their employees.
Treating employees as if they are valuable contributors to the business is key to fostering a positive work environment. If employees are struggling with some aspect of their life or work, make the tools available to those who are willing to work to resolve it. Often when you instill in people this belief that they are valuable and worth the extra effort, they will also go the extra mile for the company. When they can address issues arising from an area of strength, they can make better decisions for the business in the long run.
“If you can help people who are willing to understand themselves enough, they can understand what tools they need to build that resilience within themselves. But it starts with them taking responsibility,” Lezly points out.
Create a culture of caring
When people have psychological safety in the workplace, feel heard and considered, they are more likely to be more loyal and hardworking team players.
There are many ways companies can build a culture of caring. Breaking down barriers that keep people from collaborating in the workplace, destigmatizing mental health and burnout, and creating an environment of mutual respect and transparency, to name a few.
Part of the Talentko philosophy is kindness and openness. This means that leadership is acutely aware of employee needs and uses problem-solving principles, instead of neglecting people. Implementing these values is an ongoing process that involves the entire team. Overall, it encourages people to show up every day, give their best, and not fear scrutiny from their peers or management.
Enforcing Radical Accountability
People who remain accountable for their own success are more likely to continue to grow and raise the bar in their work environment.
Having radical accountability as a leader is crucial to realizing their shortcomings and the things that hold us back from getting from A to B. When leaders are able to hold themselves accountable for their own results, they create more space to grow. and inspire others to take ownership as well.
“You are defined by the choices you make, not by your circumstances,” says Lezly. While she is open to giving her employees the tools to heal and grow, it is up to the individual to recognize the areas they need to work on to advance in their career. Lezly herself was not born into success; she endearingly worked through her negative upbringing to create the kind of environment in which she could thrive. Therefore, she believes in no excuses, rather than taking radical responsibility.
Scaling a business doesn’t have to compromise human value. In fact, it’s about redefining the culture of work to make work a friendly, stimulating and growth-oriented place that can generate incredible long-term ROI. Mindful leadership thought leaders like Lezly focus on educating their employees through self-identification, awareness, and empathy, and there are a host of other ways leaders can create healthier work. Business doesn’t have to be as boring and grueling as it should be.