Atkins, VA Dec. 17, 2013 - With 2013 coming to a close, TEDS, Inc. looks back to reflect on the year and the changes that have been implemented in the company based around its culture.
"People want guidance, not rhetoric. They need to know what the plan of action is, and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and authority to act on it." - Howard Schultz, Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
That’s exactly why TEDS created a culture team in June and continues to meet monthly. The company wanted to give their employees more power in decision-making processes. The culture team consists of representatives from each department within the company so they can discuss ideas and issues that make TEDS the best working environment for all its employees. It is all about taking what is already there and improving it, whether it is related to communication or the holiday get together. The culture team is a group of people advocating for employees and promoting the mission of TEDS all at the same time.
Melissa Fowler of the Quality Assurance Department said this, “Being asked to serve on the culture team committee was a huge honor! We have gotten so much accomplished in a short period of time. I am especially proud of what TEDS has contributed to our community through the school drive for Atkins Elementary, Operation Christmas Child, and Santa's Elves. It's great to come to work and have social gatherings where we can all get to know one another better and enjoy working at the same time. I'm proud to say every employee has a voice and is encouraged to share their ideas on how we can improve our company. TEDS is changing and growing and I'm excited to see what the New Year brings!”
There are several reasons as to why TEDS wanted to introduce a culture team to the company. On the business side of things, a healthy and positive workplace culture leads to higher productivity, revenue growth, and increased morale. These desired outcomes alone are something that interested TEDS in being more involved in defining and reshaping their culture. Other reasons include employee empowerment and more collaborative teamwork throughout the company. This will allow employees to offer their input on action items giving them the chance to decide what is most vital for company results and workforce engagement.
TEDS CEO, Joe Ellis said, “I am pleased and excited about the changes we’ve made this year and I know our employees are just as excited to see what 2014 holds for the company. Without the leadership and input from every person at TEDS, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our success lies in the commitment and diligence of the talents of our employees.”
TEDS has worked on several things related to culture and will continue to do so in the New Year. One goal is to tackle changes one at a time. The idea is for the company as a whole to devote focus on one thing at a time so it can be perfected. Once that change is fluid throughout the departments and the entire company, then they can focus on something else that needs improvement.
Another goal is to stay consistent. Consistency in this regard means leading by example. The representatives for the culture team and the leaders of the company must reward all the same behaviors and condone all those that are not conducive to the mission of the company. No matter who does what or what the policy may be, consistency is very important for a culture change to have a lasting effect. No one person can receive special treatment.
Finally, TEDS wants to take the momentum they have had throughout 2013 into the New Year! TEDS already created the culture team and now it is their mission to keep it going and progressing. With positive attitudes, employee input, and leadership the changes will be seen and felt as culture continues to be improved. Through the measures TEDS has taken to make their culture better, they have noticed more employee engagement and are confident in their employees’ capabilities of decision-making and collaboration. TEDS is excited to see what the New Year holds for their company and asks, how will your company culture affect its business results in 2014?
TEDS®, Inc. offers a comprehensive, fully integrated, enterprise-wide talent management solution with all modules built from the ground up. Employing a single platform, TEDS strategically aligns business objectives with all facets of the talent lifecycle including management of staff recruiting, on-boarding, learning, performance, compliance, competencies, workforce planning, compensation, and succession. TEDS' products and services are based on the proven theory of People Resource Planning (PRP) ™ and are deployed at some of the world's largest organizations. TEDS’ modules are available individually, in any combination, or as a comprehensive solution. For more information, visit www.teds.com or call TEDS Sales at 276.782.7208.
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