Corporate culture is a hot topic, and for good reason. Accounting Principals collected data that shows engaged employees have 54 percent less turnover, and those employees are 50 percent more likely to exceed expectations. Happy employees are 31 percent more productive, on average, than their unhappy counterparts.

 

So what can you do to help your employees get excited about work each day? Here are three tips to improve your culture.

 

Allow for social connections

“For all that we can automate lots of parts of work, the truth is companies don’t have ideas, only people do,” Margaret Heffernan tells ABC Radio National. “And what provokes people to do their best thinking, their most creative thinking, is the interactions between them.”

 

So, encourage your employees to eat lunch or take coffee breaks together. Allow them to connect virtually using enterprise social networks like Yammer or Jostle, suggests Jody Ordioni in an ERE Media story.

 

Encourage employee input

Whether it’s sharing a great idea or raising the alarm that something isn’t going quite right, employee voices can have a huge impact on culture, Heffernan says. “People often have ideas but they think they’re not permissible.

 

They’re afraid of getting it through the hierarchy, and they think, ‘If it were a good idea, the 17 layers of brilliant people above me would have come up with it,” she says. “’Equally, with accountability, when we see something going wrong, they look at the hierarchy above them and they think, ‘Well, if this were a serious problem somebody would have done something.’”

 

Inspire them to give their all

Your employees will be productive and happy—the best combination for your company’s success—when they find their work meaningful. “When we work for reasons related to the work itself, we are more adaptive,” write Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor for Time. “In our experience, adaptability is the trait most cited by managers as characteristic of high performers. The further our reasons are from the work, the less we exhibit the trait.”

 

Set corporate values that help your employees find purpose while they’re working. Then, exemplify them in everything you do. “The whole organization must live it—in how leadership treats the company, how managers treat teams and how everyone treats the customer,” Doshi and McGregor write.