Study: Empowering workers, not giving them perks, builds a strong culture
- An Entrepreneur and CultureIQ study shows that employers can build culture by empowering workers, not giving them ping pong tables or other quirky office perks. The 2017 Top Company Cultures is a ranking of the best cultures in U.S. companies.
- In polling entrepreneurs nationwide and across industries, the study found that building a strong culture focused on 10 pillars, including collaboration, support and communication.
- Respondents said that, by following the 10 pillars, they could increase productivity, retain talent and raise their organizations to new levels.
Organizations that empower workers are more likely to have engaged workers. To do so, employers must be willing to give up some control and give it back to workers. For instance, giving retail clerks the authority to resolve a customer’s issue on the spot in the most satisfying, creative way can empower and engage employees.
Showering workers with unusual perks might hold their attention only while the novelty lasts. Striving to give workers some control and authority over their work permeates the workplace to build a strong, supportive culture. Other ways to build a strong culture include offering strong benefits plans and providing flexibility when available.