Creating a Winning Corporate Culture Through People Power

Guest post from Eric Tetuan:
Creating a
winning company culture starts with an investment in people. Not just investing
in staff, but in relationships with clients as well as the people you serve. It
requires having a deep understanding of human connections, of bonds, and of
ways to break down barriers. Adopting a policy focused on people can make the
difference in achieving successful outcomes. Employees who feel understood and
appreciated are often more productive and willing go that extra mile on behalf
of a client. It is one of the reasons why we receive repeat business and why
our clients trust us with their biggest moments. It is also the reason for our
high employee retention rate, and the lasting friendships amongst our staff
While every company is different, adopting
values that speak to your core beliefs will not only help you attract quality candidates
it will help build a sense of unity in the workplace. Develop initiatives that
not only support your company’s mission but will improve the lives of your
employees and the world around them. Inspire transformational thinking and
experimentation amongst your staff, challenge them to think outside the box. Through
collaboration, great minds can come together to tackle your toughest challenges
advancing what’s possible. Design programs that not only do good in the
community but improve motivation and communication within the office. Ask staff
members to champion a cause that is near and dear to them, from donating their
time at a soup kitchen, to ensuring that their coworkers are content. It is
this culture of caring, of working for a greater good, that unites a staff and compels
them to be the best they can be both personally and professionally. It will
foster a spirit of collaboration, one where individuals share their knowledge
to help their colleagues, and where professional development pays off. By
creating a smarter workforce, you are creating a team able to produce amazing
results on behalf of your clients, your partners as well as your consumers.

5 Tips to a Winning Work Culture:
The Power of People
Make your people feel that they are the heart and soul of your culture. It
will ensure that your team feels connected to your mission, supported as
individuals and that they feel appreciated for the work that they do.
Recognizing that your employees spend more than one-third of their time in the
workplace, create programs that are geared toward increasing employee
satisfaction and promoting health and well-being. Offer in office exercise
classes, healthy cooking classes, celebrate together with happy hours.  Boost office morale with staff appreciation
days where you can pamper them with a catered lunch, spa treatments or present
them with a small gift. By showing your team that you care about their
well-being, it will result in increased job satisfaction and productivity. An
investment in happier employees ultimately manifests in happier clients and
the Environment
Ask your employees to contribute to a better
world. Find ways to protect the environment both in and out of the office.
Create policies that promote energy efficiency, reduce waste and water
conservation. Recycle plastics, aluminum, e-waste, and consider composting
leftover lunches. Find ways to divert and donate old office furniture, add
dimmable occupancy sensors in conference rooms, and use programmable controls
for lights and thermostats. Simply asking your employees to turn off all of the
lights before leaving can make a huge difference in energy conservation and how
they feel about the environment.
Giving Back
Create a
culture of giving. Support causes and organizations that can make a difference
in your community by donating your time, money, or left-over materials. Share
knowledge and resources that can help someone achieve their goal.  Empower your team to get involved with relief
efforts and educational programs, create a mentorship program, or donate labor.
Create a culture where PTO is available for employees to make a difference and
effect change. By inspiring your team to get involved, they will become more
engaged not only with the company, but with their peers in pursuit of improving
the lives of those around them.
+ Collaboration
Finding a pathway to improvement starts with
an in-depth understanding of your challenges. Circulate surveys and collect
honest feedback, use your deficiencies as a tool to find new solutions.
Experiment with a variety of options, assign a team to explore and test
theories, give them the freedom and space to become invested in the outcome. Empower
your team by listening and acknowledging. A team that communicates well becomes
a powerful tool to implement change.  
Knowledge is Power
Invest in your people. Provide employees with unique opportunities to
advance their careers through education, training and certification. Host training
workshops to assist teams in finding solutions to their toughest challenges.
Support an employee’s quest for knowledge by letting them attend relevant
seminars, webinars, help them stay at the top of their field with select
conferences. Host lunch + Learns with deep insights into relevant topics and
needed skills, create a library filled with resources to help your staff
elevate their game.
Ultimately, by investing in people you are
investing in a culture that supports personal growth and fuels productivity. A team
that is able to come together to innovate and collaborate in exciting new ways
that can impact on your bottom line. You are investing in a company culture
that is better able to support your corporate mission, in an empowered team who
is ready to assist clients and consumers with a transformational energy that
can greatly improve your bottom line.

Co-founder and chief innovative officer at productionglue, Eric Tetuan has built his impressive technical portfolio over 25
years in New York City production. His skills reflect many different technical
roles, including “in the trenches” experience.
As the company evolved, Eric’s focus turned to supporting growth,
maintaining project performance, and overseeing office culture. Productionglue has seen a double-digit revenue increase
for over a decade. Eric oversees the management of all of the processes to
ensure that productionglue can
deliver the best possible results. He established an internal review process
(the “g-brief”) to learn from projects and improve the way we work, in
real time.