The personalities and differences between people can be amplified in a small business, due to the size of the team. In this context, it’s especially important to foster mutual respect and appreciation of each other’s points of view.
For example, if there is a quiet person in the team, make sure they get a chance to have their say. They may have a lot of great ideas, after all.
One thing I love about small businesses is that their cultures can feel more personal and more like a family compared with those of larger organisations.
An advantage of this is that the work you put into fostering a positive culture can have an almost immediate impact on people and their performance, which can have positive knock-on effects across the board.
Even small things go a long way. For instance, the simple act of spending more time with your workers – whether that’s in a one-to-one meeting or with the whole team – can make a major difference straight away. Initiatives like this are more important than an expensive Christmas party. Although that too will probably have a positive effect on your work culture!