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5 Tips for Creating a Strong Company Culture

A strong company culture is essential in creating success for your business. 

What is company culture and why is it important?

Company culture can be defined as the shared values that a company believes in and implements on a whole; ideally on a daily level. It is reflected in the environment and behavior of all employees. It can motivate and hold everyone together to work as a team. It can also attract new members to the company, and keep the momentum going during tough times.

Think of the company culture as the driving force and mindset that is shared among the team members. It’s the shared value system that employees can refer to and it can motivate the entire company. Why is company culture so important? It often can be what makes or breaks a great workplace. Weak company culture can be a big reason why employees leave.

People sometimes need more reasons to stay at a workplace other than just company benefits, like a free gym membership. Sometimes who you work with and the relationships you have among colleagues are the main reasons why you enjoy coming to work every day, and company culture can greatly influence this. Do you feel like your company could strengthen its company culture? We gathered our five tips on how you can move your team positively forward, and even shared GoViral’s 5 Company Ethos to demonstrate how we keep our strong company culture alive.

Five Tips on How to Create Strong Company Culture

1. Create a company culture vision as a team.

Mission statements and ethos can be updated annually, and having your team directly input ideas can make everyone feel a part of something larger. This, of course, depends on the size of your company. It probably won’t be easy for a large business with 100+ employees to all take part in creating the company vision. Having ideas written by employees and then voting for them, or changing one together could be an alternative.

For smaller businesses, having your employees actively refresh or change the company vision once a year can be a great way to connect. If you already have a company vision, you could refresh it once in a while with your employees. Companies can continue to grow and change together along with their employees. After all, a successful company is driven by the successes of its employees. When those working for a company take part in building the ethos/vision/mission, they feel more of a part of the greater whole.

2. Offer benefits that employees love.

Make sure the benefits align with your company culture and add value to your employees. If your company values health and wellness, offering yoga classes once a week makes sense. Offering an option to work from home is another benefit that team members might value if your company is driven by the idea of working remotely and giving employees some freedom. The pandemic has changed remote working like never before, so this is becoming the new norm. Again, it depends on your company’s vision and values, which should be aligned with the benefits on offer.

3. Create meaningful team-building sessions. 

Don’t just host team-building sessions as a routine. Make sure that your employees are having fun and creating stronger relationships with colleagues. Mixing up the events to include formal and informal events can keep things interesting. Having diverse team-building activities offers various ways for your employees to connect. 

Some ideas for team-building sessions can include joining a fitness challenge, having a casual drink after work, having an annual retreat with the team or going to an escape game together. Aligning your team-building sessions with your values offers another way to keep the momentum going helps build a company culture.

4. Create a safe place for employee feedback.

Creating space for your employees where they can be honest can provide value by finding ways to improve working conditions. When employees feel like they have been listened to, and conditions are improved, it is more likely that these employees will feel more attached to a company, and productivity goes up. 

If employees are scared to voice their needs, they might be stating them when they’re resigning. You could ask employees to write suggestions anonymously, or make sure that managers are creating an environment where needs can be openly expressed and respected.

5. Invest in your employees' education.

When employees feel like they are progressing and learning something new at work, they often have a sense of moving forward as individuals and with the company. Investing in a company’s development includes investing in employee education. This can be in the form of workshops, training courses and even attending interesting events where various professional speakers talk about their expertise. Ask your employees what they want to learn to best meet their needs – if they’re growing in areas they’re enthusiastic about, your business will reap the benefits.

GoViral's 5 Company Ethos

Belinda here! I’m the Managing Director of GoViral Digital and after 10 years of running this agency I wanted to share a personal look into our own company culture and how we developed it.

One of the main things that define our culture is our 5 GoViral Ethos. These are a kind of internal mission statement. Nothing that needs to be on our website, not a promise to our clients, but a personal and internal commitment we have to the way we work. Everyone knows it by heart, and we sometimes print them on the wall to inspire us.

1. Always Be Learning

You may have heard the famous sales mantra ALWAYS BE CLOSING but here at GoViral they leave the sales to me, what I want my employees to be doing is LEARNING. I started GoViral in 2011 with very little education in the area (my MBA course had no digital marketing in the curriculum in 2005) so everything I learned from courses and whitepapers and different experiences online. If an employee says to me “well I don’t know how to do xyz” as if it’s just a given, then I know they are probably not a good match for GoViral. I want my employees to be curious, to want to learn new things, to be inspired by the areas of their knowledge they haven’t developed instead of just avoiding it. And as a result – I INVEST in their education and development. 

2. We Share What We Learn

There’s nothing that brings me more joy than overhearing one of my employees say to the other, hey have you tried this new listening app? It seems really great and it’s been helping me find more opportunities to engage, etc. I don’t want anyone working in a silo. I want them to share their learnings, their achievements, as well as their mistakes and failures. The more that we share what we learn together, the better and faster we grow in our expertise. 

3. Don't Say "Can't" Until You Try

Living in the Czech Republic for so many years, you’d think I’d get used to someone nodding their head no before I finish the question. But no, my American “yes I can” attitude is still alive so my team knows that if you say you can’t, I’m GOING to test that. Saying something isn’t possible before trying to find a solution is almost like giving up before understanding the possibilities. Especially when it comes to social and online marketing, things change SO QUICKLY that you can’t rely on the knowledge you had even last month. Always try first. THEN state the limitations you found. 

4. We Look Each Other in the Eyes

This was one that was added later, when I realized that my employees were sometimes so glued to what was happening on their computer that they forgot the importance of human interaction. I’d notice that they wouldn’t look up when someone else was speaking and it bothered me. So we make the promise to look up and engage because we are listening, because we care, and because human connection matters. Clients feel it too because they know we are connected with them. Also, our eye contact is with a smile, so it’s kind of hard to resist!

5. We Treat Our Clients Like Relationships

This is an important and deeply ingrained part of our business that clearly sets us apart from most agencies, and can be seen when you read our testimonials – we treat our clients as relationships. This means there is no blanket way to treat them. We go into each new partnership with a client like we would a love partner. We learn what are their hopes and dreams. What are the things that keep them up at night? What matters to them? For example, in the beginning, we’d have a template for reporting. Now we customize it to each client depending on what they care about and what matters to them. 

 

We also have really fun, and maybe “different” rituals. For example, we have the “Consequence Box” where we all put in different secret consequences, everything from having to sing us a song, rap a verse about their childhood, make us all coffee, or change your profile pic to one of our dog mascots for the day. These consequences are taken for different things like coming to a meeting late or making a mistake on a post. And we love it. We also highly recommend one song dance parties during times of stress or celebration. Here’s one that’s great for air punching, trust me it feels awesome.


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How to Get Inspired When You Feel Like Giving Up

There are many reasons why you might feel down. Maybe you don’t love your job, or you might feel like you’re lacking creativity lately. There can be plenty of personal reasons that life isn’t going your way. Do you need an extra boost of inspiration in your life? Are you running a project or business but seem to be getting suck and giving up? Try out these tips that might help you to get in the right mindset so that you can start performing your best.

1. Practice mindfulness - Stay in the present moment

What is mindfulness? According to Mindful.org, “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Staying present and learning how to enjoy the moment instead of stressing about the past or future can be strengthened through practising meditation. It also helps you to get focused at the task at hand so you can be more productive when procrastinating.

Are you new to meditation? There are various meditation apps that can help you get started on your mindful journey. Apps like Headspace, Calm and Balance can give you a great intro to guided meditation. You can even read a book on Mindfulness, like The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle to help you better understand this concept a bit better. 

2. Go to your support circle - friends, family or anyone that can listen

Did you ever feel down and then vented to a friend and end up feeling better? Releasing your inner worries to those close to you can help you through tough times. Having a strong support group comes in various forms, but knowing that you can lean on someone when you are stressed or worried can do wonders. 

Surround yourself with people that lift you up and make you feel good. Pay attention to your emotions and energy when you are around certain people. Sometimes you can’t put your finger on why you feel bad around a certain someone, but the fact that you repeatedly do might be a sign to distance yourself from them. Sometimes the people you hang out with the most reflect on who you are as a person. If you keep seeing people that are lost or depressed, it won’t be surprising if you feel the same. Try to surround yourself with those that make you feel better. We all have our ups and downs, but monitor yourself to become aware of how you really feel.

3. Get professional help - find a coach or therapist

Sometimes when the going gets tough, finding professional help can help. Having this type of support can help anyone, but it’s likely that people reach for a therapist when confronted by a tough situation or hitting a new low (not when everything is going well). 

Long-term therapy often helps you see changes that you might miss. You can sometimes get through situations and cycle with time and experience, but professional help can often provide an extra boost and quicken healthy changes. Your therapist can also point out your progress when you’re mixed up in the middle of a mental battle. Just like having support from a friend, having professional guidance can provide immense support without a biased view from someone close to you.

Or you can try joining a support group therapy session if you don’t want a one-on-one meeting or have a tight budget. There are plenty of therapists that will do online sessions now more than ever given the pandemic.

4. Find your “why” - a purpose

Do you often feel lost and without a purpose? Sometimes you might feel demotivated because you don’t have an energetic pull in a certain direction. When you have a reason why you’re doing something and fully feel connected to it, it oftentimes organically adds inspiration and motivation. Simon Sinek wrote a few books on this topic, and he believes that you can create your “why,” which drives purpose. Knowing your “why” helps you to filter out decisions and even adds a strong sense of purpose to your life.

Simon Sinek has written two books, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team, which can help you get motivated if you are feeling lost. Finding purpose is of course quite beneficial, but finding out HOW to find purpose is another story. These books may help you find your “why.”

5. Embrace failure and build resilience during tough times

Life can’t always be so rosy. There are ups and downs, and the tough times teach us some important lessons. It’s hard to understand that when in the middle of something painful or negative. Sometimes our emotions get the best of us and we feel hopeless, but it’s our responsibility to act differently rather than react and feel like a victim. Of course, this doesn’t apply to everything, but many times our thinking habits can become a downward spiral that is hard to control, and before you know it, you’re down in the dumps. Learning how to calm down during a storm is an important tool. You can also refer to 1. Practice mindfulness for tough times.

Building resilience can greatly help when you’re feeling down. What does it mean to have resilience?  According to the Mayo Clinic, “Resilience won’t make your problems go away — but resilience can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress.” Building resilience can be learned, just like meditation. 

The Mayo Clinic suggests taking these measures to strengthen your resilience:

– Build strong relationships with others

– Making every day meaningful

– Learn from hard times and continue to improve your coping skills

– Stay hopeful for a brighter future 

– Take proper care of yourself (and your mental health)

– Be proactive and actively change things instead of being reactive

How can you change your dread when everything seems to be falling apart? Take a moment to breathe, meditate, exercise, or do something you love to feel inspired. Spend time with loved ones, or find professional support if you feel like you need some extra support. All of the previously mentioned tips can help you to feel better again.


Want to put all these tips to practice while expanding your network and bettering your business, all while having a support system to hold you accountable? Head over to GoViral’s founder, Belinda’s free program goviralin90.com to learn how you can start building relationships to better your business today.