Thu 26 Jul 2007
Good Corporate Culture for Small Business
A healthy corporate culture for any organization — even your small business - is something that promotes teamwork and encourages employees to help the business succeed.
Having a positive corporate culture is a particularly important asset for a small business. A healthy company culture increases the commitment as well as the productivity of your employees, whereas a bad corporate culture can lead to exactly the opposite outcome - ultimately contributing to the failure your business.
Developing a Positive Corporate Culture
Important though it may be, developing and maintaining a positive corporate culture can be especially difficult for most small business owners. In the beginning, most entrepreneurs have to take on a great deal of responsibility, and are in sole charge of all decision making. As the company begins to grow and the number of employees increases, the management style must also change.
The control-all style of business must change to one of shared responsibility. In a positive corporate culture, employees feel that they are a part of the team. This gives them the drive to work for the success of your company, and gives them satisfaction when the company succeeds. In turn, the quality of the products and services that are offered by your company will significantly improve.
The beginning of a good corporate culture for your small business begins at the top -with you! You must be able to share your vision for the future of your company. As a small business owner, you must remember that your behavior and attitude will set the standard for the entire company. Treat all your employees equally; hire workers who are likely to treat clients and other employees well; and discuss company problems realistically.
Good corporate culture for your small business must be carefully cultivated and maintained to enhance its growth and chances for success.