Employee Road Map: How to make your culture a success!

The overall success and productivity of any team depend on the strength of your communication and collaboration channels. That...

November 16, 2019
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How would you describe your job to a five year old?
What season would you be?
What is a weird food you have tried? Would you eat it again?
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Would you go in the mother-ship with aliens if they landed on Earth tomorrow?
What is your favorite season?
Do prefer working from home or the office?
What is your earliest memory of this job?
What is the best thing you have bought so far this year?
What is the earliest book you remember?
If you had to move to another country, which one would you choose?
You are the best criminal mastermind in the world. What crime would you commit if you knew you would get away with it?
What is your favorite movie genre to watch?
What was the last thing you ate?
What person from history would you add to Mount Rushmore?
What is a weird fact you know?
What is your favorite part of working from home?
Were the Spice Girls a good team?
Imagine you can instantly learn any language. Which would you choose?
If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
Which fictional team is the best team of all time?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What do you usually eat for a quick lunch?
What simple food will you never eat?
Show us the weirdest thing you have in the room with you right now.
Would you rather stay at a hotel or an AirBNB?
What is your favorite movie genre to watch?
Are you more productive in the morning or at night?
Who is someone in your community that makes a difference?
Who was your most unique pet?
Choose one famous person from history you want on your team during a zombie apocalypse.
What is a good way to give back to the community?
Which song could you listen to over and over again?
Is Hugh Grant funny?
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Would you want to have an imaginary friend today? Did you have one as a child?
What actor or actress would you want to play you in the movie about your life?
What is the best super power?
What is your New Years resolution?
You can only eat one food again for the rest of your life. What is it?
What is the best work holiday?
What is the first gift you remember receiving?
Would you rather join Metallica or Backstreet Boys?
What is the best example of a community you have seen?
What is an easy way to do something nice for someone?
Show us your phone background and tell the story behind why you picked this image.
What was your first job?
Pick any band to play at your funeral.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
Which superpower would you give to your arch enemy?
What is the most obscure superpower you would want?
What emoji best describes how you are feeling right now?
If you could live in any country, which country would you pick?
Would you rather live in a city or a town?
What is your favorite holiday?
What is something you accomplished as part of a team?
What is your standard office lunch?
What is your most used phone app?
What is your favorite season?
Have you ever won something as a team?
Imagine you are a professional baseball player. What is your introduction song?
Beach holiday or ski trip?
Have you ever been to a funny comedy show?
Would you rather live at the North Pole or the South Pole?
What is your favorite song to sing?
If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
Imagine you could teleport anywhere. Where would you go right now?
What is the most unusual job you have heard of?
What was the last thing you ate?
You can visit any fictional time or place. Which would you pick?
What do your family and friends think you do all day?
What movie do you wish you could watch again for the first time?
Show us your most-used emoji.
What was the most unique style or fashion trend you ever embraced?
What movie defined your generation?
You are stranded on a remote desert island. Are you alone or with your worst enemy?
What is your favorite knock-knock joke?
Have you ever told someone Santa is not real?
Do you know how to speak more than one language?
On a scale of 1 – 10, how much of a team player are you?
What is your #1 recommendation in this city?
What is your favorite holiday?
What bucket list item do you most want to check off in the next six months?
What is your favorite mythical creature?
What was the first way you made money?
If you could be great at any Olympic sport, which would it be?
Which song could you listen to over and over again?
When did you start liking/hating mushrooms?
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Do you take your PTO all at one time, or another way?
Which show do you remember most from your childhood?
Which beverage goes best with pizza?
Would you want to have a personal assistant follow you around everywhere and do what you asked of them?
Have you ever met your idol?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Would you rather live 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?
What is your hobby?
When you are alone in the car, what volume is the music at?
Imagine you no longer have to work. How would you spend a Tuesday?
What is your favorite type of sandwich?

The overall success and productivity of any team depend on the strength of your communication and collaboration channels. That said, in order to successfully implement change, you need to know what outcome you are trying to achieve. Also, what programs can you implement? How can you keep employees engaged? How can you measure productivity? Here are a few helpful tips to aid you on your journey.

Cultivate a results-driven workforce
This idea often includes recruiting the right people, building trust with your employees, and setting clear and measurable goals. Ideally, you want to hire people who are organized, collaborative, self-motivated, results-driven and focused. A few examples of how to determine whether an employee will fit in your organization can be determined through a series of actions: such as behavioral interview questions, personality test, and work history. Take your time through the recruitment process, as it is often costly and disruptive to hire the wrong people. Create employee profiles for each role, this will ensure you select the right candidates. Upon hire, ensure you have an onboarding program that instills the values of the company and expectations upfront. A results-driven company needs to embed this concept into their culture to ensure your policies and processes should be supportive of this initiative.

Motivating your employees
Now, if you want to motivate your employees you have to learn how to trust them. Now, what does this entail? This means getting to know your employee's strength/weakness/ career goals, and interest. Basically, taking an active interest in what makes them tick. Set clear deadlines and open the lines of communication; also give constructive feedback when necessary. Focus on results and less on when the work was performed. Allow your employees to work at their own pace within the deadlines you give them and try not to micromanage as it stifles creativity. It is noted that employees who work at high- trust organizations tend to find themselves less stressed, more productive, and typically tend to burn out less. That said, this is a concept worth implementing.

Collaboration

Organizational collaboration will be the essence of an organization’s success; an organization can greatly benefit from the diversity of thought and acceptance of a prospective different from our own. Embracing new ideas, concepts, and allowing contribution at every level will not only create buy-in; it will foster unity, and that is where the strength of your organization lies.

It is equally important to put tools in place that allow coworkers to socialize and support each team member’s achievements. There are several platforms that accommodate this initiative and that can effortlessly be integrated into your organization. Assembly’s peer to peer recognition program creates a platform that is supportive of employees recognizing each other’s efforts in a meaningful way. Peer to peer engagement will allow employees to connect with one another, increase teamwork, productivity and retention.

Lastly, be open to transparency within your organization. What projects are other teams working on? What do the company's financials look like? What positions are open? What are the sales targets? Not only does transparency contribute to building trust, but it also allows ideas and process improvements to come for all areas of the business and helps create buy-in. You can do this by inviting all employees to a monthly meeting/weekly meeting, allowing different employees to present ideas, opening a forum for suggestions, etc. Implementing these ideas also gives employees a sense of feeling like they belong; which in return will increase retention.

Employee Appreciation
In your results-driven, collaborative environment; you want to make sure you acknowledge people during their moments of achievements. This could include social recognition on your social media platforms or even on a company-wide bulletin. Consider gift cards, sending company swag, or a simple appreciate note.

Whichever you decide, you should have an incentive program in place to keep the momentum going and reward those committed to going above and beyond their role. Career development is essential as well, employees want growth in their careers; so even if you are a small organization and not able to offer upward movement. You can still offer training and development and cross-training which will allow the employee to contribute at a higher level. When you add value to others, you are inadvertently adding value to your business.

As you navigate through your roadmap, it is noteworthy to say that an organization could have all the right training programs in place, incentive programs, engagement, and collaboration; however, if you have the wrong leadership you are doomed for failure. It is important to note that leadership can exist without directly managing others; however, managing others requires leadership. Leadership is a delegation, communication, someone who listens, and someone who inspires.

A completely selfless act, as leaders we serve others and invest in others with the expectation to challenge them and change them. The impact of a good leader exists even in their absence. You must ensure that your leadership team is working to align with your core values and mission. That said, take your time, ensure your plans are well thought out and make sense of your organization. This road will lead you to success.

About the Author, Nicole Miles
Nicole Miles has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources specifically with small to mid-size companies specializing in establishing company cultures, mentoring/ coaching managers, and assisting organizations with building a bridge to better communication/engagement. She believes that a successful business has great people at the very hear of it. She has attended Cornell University Human Resources Strategic Leadership Course and Marketing Strategy Certificate Course; she also works as an HR and Marketing Director in the Oil and Gas Industry with both experience in International Human Resources and Multi-State Employment Law.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. These one-time services start at $5,000. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at support@joinassembly.com.

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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