Improving work culture is a passion of mine.  I’ve seen work groups go from low morale to positive, highly functioning teams by changing a few small things.

Here are some of my top simple tips I have successfully used over the past 30 years to improve work culture.

10 Ways to Improve Your Work Culture1

  • Make eye contact with your co-workers and call them by name.
  • Take a second to check in and say “How are you doing?”
  • Add a personal touch to your email and voice mail. Just a quick positive greeting goes a long way.
  • When you’re working in a group project, take time to make sure everyone is included and feels heard.
  • Ask “What’s are Your Mind?” at the beginning of meetings to make sure you are keeping up on issues and concerns.
  • Be approachable. Don’t hide behind your desk or keep your door closed. Create a work space that says – I want you to feel comfortable here.
  • Breathe. If you are frustrated or upset, take a deep breath before you speak or send an email you can’t take back.
  • Give grace when needed. Remember that everybody has a heavy burden to carry. When people are unkind, it means they hurt inside. It has nothing to do with you.
  • Deal with issues when they arise. Don’t let issues fester into bigger problems. Have conversations you need to have.
  • Give encouragement and praise. Often.

Try a few of these ideas. I guaranteed that when you engage in small and positive ways – consistently – the results for your team will be transforming.


Betty Lochner is the owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She is an expert in workplace communications and relationships specializing in personal and organizational transformation by providing individual and group coaching and training in leadership, communication skills, culture change, building teams and employee engagement.

She is the author of two books on communication: Dancing with Strangers, and 52 Communication tips – both are available on To find out more about Cornerstone’s services visit