Inspiring productivity: How to build trust with employees that drives business success

Last year I shared a sample social contract between a brand and its customers as a demonstration of how a company builds a community around shared values and a common purpose, the goal being to not only build a better world but to inspire customers to help build your business with you.

In addition, I shared the Manifesto, Values and Beliefs of We First in the hope that they would help you frame a company and community culture that would drive your bottom line and social impact.

The companion piece to these documents is the agreement you make with your employees who are obviously responsible for how well your company does. So having finalized the workplace rules of working at We First, I wanted to share them with you in case they are useful to your business. The goal here is to create a culture in which people want to give your their best, both because they are happy and because they believe in the values of the company. So here are the workplace rules at We First.

1. Write down what you want for yourself at work over the next 6 and 12 months, share with the team, and hold yourself and us accountable.

2. Tell the team your frustrations with clients, co-workers or life at weekly meetings. We can’t help if we don’t know.

3. Never compromise your exercise regime or diet due to work. If there’s too much to do, we’ll get more help.

4. If you need a change of scene, work outside or in a coffee shop. Just take your phone.

5. Ride your bike at lunchtimes. The wind wipes away stress.

6. If there’s no client coming in, wear what you want. Sliding in socks is recommended.

7. If you’re tired, tap a nap in your office or the hammock. We need you happy and sharp.

8. Decorate your office to make it your own. It should reflect you, not your work.

9. If there’s a cause you really care about tell us so we can support it.

10. Never worry about credit or ownership of work. It will always be We First on everything.

By empowering your employees to succeed you create success for your company, and while this may seem miles away from the corporate hierarchical structure and dynamics of the past, when we start to treat our employees like human beings they deliver their best for you and your business.

Do you believe such employee treatment too indulgent or a path to productivity?

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