Why a great small business culture matters

A small business owner may feel that the product is what defines the company. While this certainly plays a part, other factors can be just as important for the financial plan, and success as a whole.

One of those things is culture. What does this mean, exactly? For one, this element will shape the firm as it expands, keep quality employees around for longer and dictate how people behave while at work. With only a few dedicated employees, creating a positive culture is easy. As the business grows, though, this task becomes harder.

Strong culture is worth the effort
Having a great culture at a small business really does make a difference. According to Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta, in a guest post for Forbes, a company without this element will have staff members who don't know how to act, communicate and prioritize effectively. 

That is a problem. Instead of letting this happen to any small business, owners should put in the time in to create a great culture. That starts with leadership, McKinnon explained. If the goal is teamwork, upper management has to demonstrate those values first. The desired culture could involve transparency, which means leaders have to accept that fact even when it isn't convenient. 

A small business owner who communicates his or her values is on the way to a great culture, McKinnon noted. Employees have to understand what the goals of the company are, and those have to be backed up on a daily basis.

How to inspire a positive culture
If a small business owner is unsure about how to proceed, there are plenty of easy strategies to build a good culture without placing a major impact on a financial plan. 

According to Inc. magazine, leaders should always be open. This is especially helpful when things are going well. After a successful meeting, questions should be raised about how to make things better. There is always room for discussion and improvement, and encouraging this is a great step for a company. 

In addition, creativity should be nurtured across the board, the news source noted. All staff members have to feel that their ideas are welcome, and having this element present within a firm will help the entire operation adapt. If any problems pop up with a product, a strong culture will help solve these issues and keep the business moving forward.

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