Ceterus was recently named one of South Carolina’s Best Places to Work. We’re proud of this accomplishment that reflects our hard work, but what makes Ceterus such a great work environment? We asked some of our employees why they love working here and came up with a few principles for cultivating a successful company culture.
Have a Clear Purpose
I feel every day that I am making a positive and important contribution to a company that is making a difference in the world of empowering entrepreneurs. — Michelle Hurn
We’ve written before about the importance of a why that guides your company’s philosophy, and it is especially important when it comes to inspiring employees. Our why is empowering entrepreneurs to run their businesses the best way they can. Our employees know that the work they do makes a difference in peoples’ lives.
Having a clear purpose–a why–gives meaning to the work employees do. Even the mundane work that every person at every company has to do occasionally doesn’t seem bad when every employee knows there is a worthwhile reason it has to get done. Give your organization a clear purpose and a cohesive philosophy and your staff consistently dedicate themselves to their work.
Give Employees Independence
I have independence, and they trust that I will finish my projects on time. There are always new, challenging projects, which I love. — Lisa Lally
Giving employees independence over their work builds a better sense of ownership and trust within the company — crucial for happy and fulfilled employees! It helps them grow by challenging them to excel at what they do, and to trust themselves in the process. Employees who create and finish projects independently will take pride in their work, and won’t feel that the company is underutilizing them.
Work as a Team
We operate as a team and I enjoy that. We’re all working toward the same thing (directly or indirectly) and I think when we chat remotely or in office, that comes across. — Jacob Borrett
A team mentality is especially important for creating a healthy company culture. Employees should feel that they are working toward the same goal instead of as if they have entirely separate goals, or worse, are competing against one another. Employees who are a part of the same team will cheer for each other. Additionally, if they see someone struggling, they will offer help.
The flexibility they offer makes me feel more empowered and have an entrepreneur mindset that matches that of our clients. I feel like I make a big difference in the company. — Erin Claussen
Allowing employees flexibility in their schedules and their workflow lets them be in control of their work life. Employees should feel that they work at your company because they want to, not because they have to. Your company can empower employees by giving them more power over when and where they get things done.
Appreciate Your Employees
I’m expected to own what I do and I know when I perform exceptionally well, it is recognized. Our leadership and staff are all forward thinking individuals and we push each other to excel. — Tim Miller
When you recognize hard work and performance, employees feel appreciated. They are more motivated to continue to take pride in their work and push themselves in the future if their hard work is acknowledged and rewarded. If employees’ work goes unnoticed they will feel taken for granted. Employees who feel underappreciated are likely to slack off or leave the company. Everyone on the team should feel appreciated when they work hard. The effect will compound on itself, and employees will begin to actively appreciate their coworkers’ hard work as well.
Our Founder and CEO Levi Morehouse says, “At Ceterus, we value the value our employees create, not how many minutes they work.”
Appreciate your employees for what they bring to the table, not how many minutes they sit at their desk. They will bring you more value and you will have a cheerful office atmosphere.