There are many ways to reward employees for a job well done, going beyond, or for a creative idea…my favourite example of building a culture that values employees is a short survey asking the team how they would like to be rewarded.”


When creating a business, there is a great deal of thought put into what the company will be and do, the types of clients it will serve, and ways it will be marketed. One of the major factors that most businesses unconsciously omit is the experience created for the employees. No matter what kind of company you are creating or already have established, the employees are key in its success – so build a culture that values employees.

In order to create a culture that values, rewards, and engages employees, you have to be willing to draw inspiration from and include all employees, regardless of hierarchical position, in conversations. Furthermore, you want to foster a creative and engaging work environment and one that rewards employee efforts.

For example, there is a 130-year-old organisation that for the first time included members from its 32 programs in the creation of the goals and targets of the strategic plan with the senior leadership team. This created full engagement of all the programs, as they were part of the creative process. Today, they have 32 additional people to ensure the goals are rolled out effectively and teams stay on target in meeting the tasks.

In addition to the leadership team, you have a wealth of knowledge, information, awareness and ideas that are available when you include the staff and their first line managers who are directly interacting with your clients. They are aware of what is working and not working and they are usually some of the most creative people.


As a business coach with Joy of Business, read here some of Lalehs favourite questions to ask during these meetings here in Inside Small Business.  


lalhA life-long entrepreneur, the CEO of Belapemo, Laleh Alemzadeh-Hancock dedicates her career and personal life to inspiring and empowering individuals and organizations who desire to exponentially grow their lives and their businesses.

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