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Questions to Ask Your Team that Bring Real Answers about Company Culture

May 22nd, 2018

Company culture is a very important part of a successful company. While the idea is tossed around frequently, it’s not necessarily carried out or a focus for companies. This can be a big mistake and without a healthy company culture, progress may stall.

Company Culture Should be Unique

While there are common company culture traits that are adopted by a variety of companies, the best traits are unique to the company and what motivates their employees.

To determine what company culture traits your company should implement, it’s best to ask your employees. You can do this through surveys or interviews. Your best results may come from one-on-one interviews but if you don’t think your employees will be honest with you, you can always bring in a third party to conduct this important interview.

What Questions Should You Ask to Shape Your Company’s Culture?

Here are a few suggested questions you can ask your employees to create a company culture that they will thrive in. Each level of questions will address how an employee interacts with the company and how company culture affects the work environment.

Individual Level

  1. Which activities or tasks bring you satisfaction regardless of whether or not you receive recognition?
  2. What part of your job inspires you?

Team Level

  1. How does culture shape how your team manages goals and responsibilities?
  2. Do you think there are any unintended company values that affect how team members work together?

Company Level

  1. Is the company’s mission memorable?
  2. What actions do you think need to happen to improve the company’s culture?
  3. How is success recognized? How is failure addressed?
  4. Do the leaders and managers of the company behave in a way that’s consistent with the company’s values and culture?
  5. What are some informal practices that leaders and managers use to get work done? Do you find these helpful?
  6. What do you think needs to be done, if anything, to improve the company culture?

Implement Your Company Culture and Run a Successful Office

Unique company culture is so important when trying to manage a successful team. For help on implementing great company culture and other management advice, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Would You Drive Somewhere Without Knowing Where You’re Going? Why is Your Career the Same Way?

May 8th, 2018

When was the last time you were driving to a new place and didn’t rely on a maps app installed on your smartphone? At the very least, you would have searched for the place’s location on the web before getting in your car. If you take these calculated and strategic steps to get to any destination, shouldn’t you have this type of careful focus for your career?

How to Navigate Through Your Career & Reach Your Goals Successfully

Your maps app may find you a route with the least traffic and delays, and while there’s no app to do that for your career, there are things you can do to reach your career goals without too much distraction.

First, Find Career Clarity

Determine your career goals. This will take some time and careful thought, but it’s so important to set clear goals. Some career mentors suggest writing down (or you can use a recorder as well) your thoughts on a daily basis to help yourself understand and make sense of your many different ideas. After you decide on your career goals and aspirations, you can still utilize this brainstorming exercise to keep yourself focused on the goals instead of getting distracted with random thoughts or ideas.

Determine Your Directions to Success

Once you set your career goals, you must know create your directions, or actionable steps, to reach success. The idea is that each larger career goal is broken down into smaller goals or steps so you see a clear path. Just like following an app’s directions, this will help guide you. And yes, you can expect to encounter some delays or detours on your path to career success, but with your clear focus on your goals, you’ll be able to readjust without losing too much time or motivation.

Stay the Course

As you navigate along your career path, it’s important to revisit your main goals, and also your actionable steps to make sure that you are staying the course. Are your daily projects, tasks, or even free time, in line with your career goals or are they distractions? It could be incredibly helpful to have a mentor or colleague to keep you motivated and accountable along the way as well.

Get on the Path to Career Success

If you are looking for a job to help you meet your career goals, or want guidance on creating your successful career, contact Concorde Personnel.

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