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Why Culture Should Lead your HR Strategic Plan

Whether you realize it or not, company culture is a huge part of your business. Culture is evident in the way that your organization’s employees interact with each other, the values they hold, and the decisions they make. Employee happiness stems from a positive work environment built around a strong company culture.

The importance of company culture comes down to one thing: your culture drives your business. Let’s take a look at how culture can make your company more productive and how to incorporate it into your HR strategy.

Company Culture Drives Business

Having an established company culture allows you to narrow down your search for employees that will work well. Employees who feel they fit in well at a company are more likely to be happy in their position. This means they will stay longer and be more productive in their day-to-day work. Productive employees who feel valued, and value you, as well, allow your company to do better business.

Finding the right people who fit in at your organization the first go around saves you time and money in the long run. However, the key to finding those best-suited employees is having a solid company culture. Culture is about more than just saying “we want reliable workers.” It’s about establishing your values, mission, and so much more. You must have a solid understanding of the environment you want for your organization and a process in place to maintain and continue building the culture you want.

How to Incorporate Culture into Your HR Plan

Company culture is important for all the day-to-day business your company does. It makes your employees feel secure and it ensures business leaders don’t have to worry about lower-level work getting done. But what does it mean for Human Resources? Culture, as we’ve already briefly discussed, is just as important for employee onboarding, retention, and overall job satisfaction.

Here are a few ways you can incorporate culture into your human resources strategy and ensure the best outcomes:

Get the right people in the right seats.

For many companies, the difference between success and failure is a great team. You want the best people working for you to get the best work done. This is where recruiting and retaining qualified, high-caliber individuals comes in. With an established company culture, you know who you’re looking for. It’ll be easier for both you and applicants to determine if they are the best fit for your organization. Learn more about professional recruiting services and how they can help you here.

Understand who is slowing you down.

Another age-old adage: You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Cliche or not, it’s true when it comes to your company’s productivity and quality of work. Everyone on your team should be positively influencing the company, helping to drive business. If as an organization you value punctuality and communication and you have someone who is late every day and dozing off during meetings, then your team and your company as a whole are suffering. Culture allows you to focus on what is important and sort out the employees who aren’t driving you forward.

Understand what type of person to hire next.

Sometimes it isn’t enough to get a “good feeling” from someone. You may think they fit in with your culture and three months later you’re left wondering what went wrong. It might be easier and more accurate to let the science do the talking. The use of employee behavioral and talent assessment tools can help point you in the right direction. Employee assessments will not only help you recruit top-notch talent, but they will help you develop your existing talent, improve synergy in your workplace, and increase overall productivity.

Retain high-performers and those with a lot of knowledge.

With an established company culture, you know what is important to your organization. You know what it takes to succeed. Often, this means hiring, and keeping, employees who perform well and are knowledgeable in their field, your company, and more. Hire people who you think will serve your company in this way and retain and reward employees who already show this promise.

Watch our video on 5 ways to Motivate Your High-Performers:

Build the best teams.

People spend a lot of time with those they work with and new employees need to be a great fit in their team to ensure employee happiness. Your teams also need to work seamlessly in order to benefit your company the most. One way to maintain functional teams and happy employees is to promote work-life balance. Teams that work well together and complete their tasks during the day don’t have to take work home with them. Plus, teams that work like well-oiled machines won’t see as many setbacks if someone is out sick or has a family emergency or vacation come up.

At Integrity HR we want your company to be the best it can be, and that starts with the best employees. We have a new culture training that can help you build, maintain, or enhance your company culture. This training fits many needs and helps you work culture into your HR strategy. Our HR consulting services can help you incorporate culture into any number of things including employee handbook, recruiting, employee management, and more. Contact our team today to see how we might be able to help you have great HR.

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