Leaders have long known that company culture can make or break productivity, profitability, and overall business value. At the intersection of workplace culture development and legal operations, there exists a part of every organization that could truly be considered the lungs of the company. How well your team works – cohesively and individually – matters greatly to every facet of your business. And if your company culture is lacking, well, your entire organization is going to have real trouble going the distance.
The modern workplace calls for more than talent, it calls for extreme trust and a level of transparency most employers aren’t yet used to. Business leaders are being asked to share more than ever before, establishing open lines of insight and collaboration from the very top to the very bottom of the organization. It’s safer for the company, legally speaking, and it’s what today’s incoming workforce is demanding. Don’t believe me? Today’s average cost to replace an employee is about one-third of that person’s salary. Add to that the cost of lost productivity, and the average employee turnover at the standard small business can lead to an actual financial crisis.
Good hiring, followed by good onboarding and good retention, is a critical endeavor for just about every scaling business. Here are some of the top ways to build a culture that helps you grow.
Hire for culture as much as for skill
You can and should make culture part of your hiring process. There are many questions you can ask during the interview process that will help you determine if and how a prospect will fit with your organization from a culture perspective. For example:
- What do you value most at work?
- What do you like and dislike about working with a team versus working by yourself on