A company’s employees are the greatest driving force behind a successful business. If you think about it, employees are the ones that fulfill the promises of the business, personify the values, and make the magic happen. The culture of the company is essential because it sets the stage for everything in the industry.
Silversphere has upheld this belief for many generations. Taking care of their employees has remained a cornerstone over the last 70 plus years.
How does a company take care of its people? It begins with realizing that an employee is much more than an employee. It’s getting to know the people working with you, making sure employees are taken care of and continue to grow. It’s about genuinely caring about the person’s wellbeing.
Many successful companies care about their employees. They monitor if employees are engaged, ensure employees skillsets are being utilized to the best ability and think about how they can help their employee grow?
Because employees and the culture are so essential, how can a company flourish their culture and invest in their employees?
MAKE WORK FUN
Make the office a positive atmosphere, a place where employees want to eat lunch together and spend time. A fun and clean environment help to promote company pride. Silversphere modeled their corporate office off of a coffee bistro to encourage a friendly and laid-back atmosphere. They have a popcorn machine for afternoon snacks and music on, to keep the atmosphere inviting.
Companies can also set aside time for the entire company to get together and spend time not working together. Getting your employees together often promotes a positive culture, where everyone remains united. Per INTUIT a study of 2,500 people found that 55% of workers would take less pay to have more fun at work. Fun in the workplace, although essential to many employees, is often overlooked.
Allowing employees to have a philanthropy spirit brings on pride and personal growth. Silversphere has an impact team that meets to determine where a specific set of money set aside for charity should go in the community. Silversphere takes pride knowing that employees are doing good, and this group is always on the lookout for ways to help!
There are multiple ways to help. Have your company raise food for a local food bank or spend time helping with meals on wheels. Ask employees to sign up with the company for a 5k run, for a good cause. Camaraderie will come out of the time spent giving back.
PROMOTE THE GROWTH OF YOUR EMPLOYEES
It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal; little things go a long way. Assign a new employee a mentor, so they have help when things get hard. Perhaps also send employees to a seminar or local lunch and learn held about a subject of interest. If possible, growth can happen on a larger scale as well.
Silversphere has an onsite gym and weekly trainer for employees to use at their leisure to invest in their health. Also, remember that one of the best places to find your leaders of tomorrow is in the group of today. Help grow your employees towards their goals and future positions.
THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Just because something has been done the same way forever, doesn’t mean that it’s the best way. Take a second to evaluate the business. In 2018 Silversphere started the New Day Experience for new employees. They realized that the first day makes for a nervous day for the employee. They decided to switch up an employee’s first day.
With the New Day Experience, Silversphere welcomes new employees with a party. It starts with a hearty breakfast, the company comes in at different intervals to meet the new employee, the employee receives a swag bag, and at the end, they go on a scavenger hunt to learn essential locations in a relaxed environment. Existing employees look forward to the party to meet their new work family member, and the new employee is grateful for this fun adventure labeled their first day.
Douglas Conant once said, “To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.” Take a moment and ask yourself, “Are we winning in the workplace?” If the answer is no, make the change and start investing in your best asset today!