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A company’s culture has a powerful impact on its performance. Culture is the glue that binds an organization together. Competitors can have the same product but they can’t have the same culture because that’s what makes each company unique.

Companies who invest in their employees by helping them to understand what the organization’s values are and why they do what they do it – will always stand out. Employees who buy into an organization’s core values will be more engaged and more productive. That’s what that creates winning cultures in successful organizations.

As a result, these companies gain a competitive advantage that can’t be duplicated. Happy employees equal happy customers’ equal higher profits.  Sounds simple?

If so, then why are only 30% of the American workforce engaged at work while 70% [70 million in the US] are somewhat disengaged or actually checked out?  According to Gallup Poll [*Sept. 2014], $450 to $550 billion are lost annually in productivity due to disengagement.

Why do so many companies miss the mark on employee engagement? When it’s a well-documented fact that employees are a company’s greatest asset, why don’t companies invest more in their employees?  Or, if they are investing in their employees, why are so many employers still not seeing productivity improve?

If this is happening in your organization, how can you change it?

To start with, do you have the right employees? If you don’t have the right employees who believe in your company values and vision, then providing perks, games and more time off, you might keep them longer; however, do you really want to keep disengaged employees who are just there for a paycheck and but not highly productive?

When it comes to engaging your team, the first place to look is at your company’s core values. Your organization’s core values are the pillars, or the foundation of your company…they are the driving force that will create a culture of engaged employees.

When those values don’t exist or are just an overlooked plaque hanging on a wall, then one will have found the evidence that’s keeping the company from creating a winning culture, not having highly engaged employees and lower profits directly affecting the bottom line.

Engaged organizations that have strong, authentic values and empower their employees to have confidence in making decisions on a daily basis. They will be grounded in mutual respect, commitment between employer and staff, feel understood and find purpose and meaning in what they do.

According to GloboForce**, employees familiar with company core values are:

  • Able to help achieve company objectives
  • See company culture as positive
  • Identify themselves as highly engaged

How can any company expect employees to be fully engaged if they don’t know what the business embodies and believes in? If these values aren’t being brought up in the hiring decision process and onboarding plan, then chances are high that your organization will have less engaged and less productive employees…possibly who are not even a good cultural fit.  This will have a real impact on your bottom line. Here are two things that are worth your time to consider:

#1 – Start bringing your values to light if you have them. Get them off your wall and bring them into the boardroom, every employee/staff meeting and start engaging your employees with adopting them into their everyday actions. As the employer, you can begin rewarding your employees when you see them implementing your company values.

OR

#2 – If you don’t have your company core values identified, your mission and vision defined, then it’s time that you get this done. It takes real effort, and it’s not an easy process, but well worth it if you’re looking to engage, retain and grow a highly productivity team. You can get help from trusted outside resources to help you through the process.

Learn more about Kathy and how she can help you define your core values, your mission, and vision for your business. Click HERE to schedule a FREE consultation with Kathy!

click here to take the FREE Core Values Assessment!

*[State of the US Workforce: Sept. 2014]

**Globoforce. (2016). The ROI of recognition in building a more human workplace. Workhuman Research Institute. Retrieved October 2016 from http://go.globoforce.com/rs/862-JIQ-698/images/ROIofRecognition.pdf

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Some find it at the ballet or museums…others at festivals and events. But we’re not talking about those cultures here. We’re talking about the kind that can help you build your business, attract the right employees, and sell and retain to new customers.

Simply put, as a business owner your beliefs about your business, life, and society all guide your way of thinking as you form and grow your company.

Just as the way you treat (or mistreat) your partner, kids, or other family members a certain way and that sets the tone in your home, the way you treat your team, colleagues, and customers creates a certain tangible “vibe.”

POOF! You have culture…good, bad or indifferent.

Culture guides diѕсrеtiоnаrу behavior. It starts where the employee handbook stops. Culture guides us in how to respond to customers’ requests and how we respond to our employees ideas authentic cultures foster innovation. Entrepreneur  even rates small business company cultures.

So, how do you build and sustain a culture for your business?

  1. Focus on it and make it a priority. On “Undercover Boss,” leaders are often shocked when they find out what their teams are really thinking. If you listen to your team and your customers, you should never be surprised.
  2. Don’t force it. Culture should be genuine and reflect your belief system. If you have business partners, you all need to be on the same page too.
  3. Walk the walk. Expecting your employees to stay late, work overtime and be on-call 24/7 may work if you’re doing the same. But if your employees can’t contact you quickly when needed, or they have to lie to a client for you about “an emergency” that came up, you are creating a double standard.
  4. Apply it to your hiring, development, and firing process. Ask yourself if each team member “fits” into your culture. For example, if you value collaboration and you have a team member who loves to preach and dictate to others, she might not be a great cultural fit. Coach those talented employees whose behaviors and work styles are counter-culture. Don’t be afraid to part ways with those women who are derailing your company’s culture.

Check out Happy Family Brands. It’s one of The 10 Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses according to Leaning In. Their culture comes through in their communications. You can’t help but be happy reading their stories, watching their videos, and seeing the smiling pictures of their huge employee “family.” Their culture is natural and it shows. It’s organic, just like their product.

We don’t all have happy or organic brands, however. Learn from other women-owned businesses and how they’ve incorporated their values into their day-to-day work lives.

When you place your focus on culture, you’ll find your guiding principles too. It will start to “feel right”. It’s the glue that keeps makes everything stick.

A company’s culture that embraces its employees’ happiness delivers…lower turnover, more engagement, and higher productivity. Employees become your brand ambassadors. Customers stay longer and become brand loyal. Everybody’s happy!

Learn more about Kathy and how she can help you define your core values, your mission, and vision for your business. Click HERE to schedule a FREE consultation with Kathy!

click here to take the FREE Core Values Assessment!

Originally published [now edited] on Sheboom.com on 11.1.2016

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  1. Core Values can set the foundation for your organization’s culture
  2. Core Values drive your mission [WHY you do what you do] and vision for your business
  3. Core Values can guide difficult decisions by being your compass and determine priorities
  4. Core Values help you to attract the customers who are a “good fit” for your business
  5. Core Values help you to attract, hire and retain the right people and put them in the right seats
  6. Core Values can connect employees to your mission and vision to increase productivity
  7. Core Values provide clarity for your marketing message
  8. Core Values help you differentiate your brand and tells your customers WHY you’re unique
  9. Core Values can help your teams to align around specific goals
  10. Core Values help you to hire people who share your values, passions and purpose
  11. Core Values influence how you serve your customers
  12. Core Values are your guideposts to creating strategy, sustainability and scalability
  13. Core Values are the key pillars around most highly successful business
  14. Core Values encourage ethical behaviors
  15. Core Values can help you to improve innovation
  16. Core Values awareness improves authentic leadership skills
  17. Core Values create more focus and mindfulness in your day-to-day operations
  18. Core Values awareness in CEO’s – create leaders not bosses
  19. Core Values create resiliency and the ability to manage setbacks and challenges
  20. Core Values can make your business more profitable and successful!

What are your company’s CORE VALUES?

Not sure?
Learn more about Kathy and how she can help you define your core values, your mission, and vision for your business. Click HERE to schedule a FREE consultation with Kathy!

click here to take the FREE Core Values Assessment!

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Win at Business Coaching by Kathy D'agostino - 1y ago

Life gets hectic, we’re on the proverbial treadmill, and it feels stressful…like why can’t this be different? Why is just living so hard? If life feels like everything is coming at you and you’re no longer in control, would you be interested in learning about the best FREE stress buster and it only takes seconds?

The answer is so obvious and simple that it’s totally overlooked, discounted and forgotten.  It’s breathing!  Before you chuckle and dismiss the idea – here’s the rationale.  The first thing we do when we enter this world is breathe and the last thing we do as we exit this planet is take a breath.  However, the 30, 40, 50, or 60+ years in between, we seem to forget about breathing.

Here’s quick technique that can shift your world…so it’s called “reaching for SODA”. Nope – not the kind you drink but the kind you do. When you’re caught in the swirl of craziness…

Stop – just take a breath, a really deep one and relax

Observe – yup been here before…this is a familiar conversation, argument, etc.

Detach from the outcome of whatever’s going on – you are not in control of anyone but yourself

Awareness – you can choose a different thought, make a different choice but be aware of what you’re doing and you can shift from conditioned responses to one of deciding what do you really want and just do that!

I learned this from a great teacher @ davidji.com and, if you practice it, it can change your world.

Learn more about Kathy and how she can help you define your core values, your mission, and vision for your business. Click HERE to schedule a FREE consultation with Kathy!

click here to take the FREE Core Values Assessment!

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Win at Business Coaching by Kathy D'agostino - 1y ago

We’ve all had that moment when we hear some unpleasant news, devastating diagnosis or faced a tough choice suddenly.  At that moment, we need to grasp a greater awareness of what just happened. We’re not sure how to deal with the situation at hand and need time to process it. So take that time and “feel” your grief or sadness.

However, if you find yourself stuck and not moving on, I’d like to share something that’s worked for me and others. [add link above – here?]

Recently my daughter who has dealt with a chronic illness for 11 years, was told that she could no longer put off a serious surgery. While it will eventually will restore her health, she will have 6 very difficult months before she will be able to go back to living a “normal” life.  [For her privacy, I won’t share the details].

When I heard this news, it was very upsetting and, of course, being her mom it created a sense of panic about how all this is really going to turn out.  After a few very sad days of worrying about the “what if’s, what about, and on and on” with scary thoughts of bad outcomes, I decided I didn’t want to focus my energy on the negative things that might happen.

I shifted my thoughts [scripted my healthy version of her] to seeing her totally better, enjoying her life, doing things that she hasn’t been able to do. I set a few minutes aside each day to send her healing thoughts and just sit with thinking about how good life will be for her when this is over and she can do things like make a decision to have a baby…if she chooses to do so, travel more, enjoy foods that she hasn’t been about to eat, etc.

Here’s how I do this:

  1. When random thoughts show up, I immediately go to my scripted “vision” of her improved health. I practice it daily too.
  2. Visualize her enjoying activities that bring her enjoyment and pleasure.
  3. Recall the joyful times of her birth, other amazing events that connected us in heartfelt moments where she was happy and healthy.
  4. Spend a few minutes doing this and then move on.
  5. When I see her, I hug her and treat her with a greater kindness that reminds me of how much she means to me.
  6. Celebrate every day…now and the future ones we’ll share.

We offer programs that can help you and your team embrace your company’s culture and become more productive and profitable. If you would like to learn more about the programs Kathy offers, please Click HERE to schedule a FREE consultation! 

click here to take the FREE Core Values Assessment!

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