The Art of Building a Positive Workplace Culture

January 17, 2024 |

Written by Christine Tzumas

I’m thrilled to share insights on a topic that is close to my heart and that I feel has been instrumental in the success of PRESENCE – the art of building a positive workplace culture. As the COO and an owner of PRESENCE, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of fostering a positive and supportive work environment. Over the years, we’ve evolved from a humble beginning as a small brokerage to being the leading National Natural Product Broker and Service provider. Today, we delve into the essential element that has played a pivotal role in our success – A culture in the workplace that fosters positivity.

The Foundation of Success:

At PRESENCE, we believe that our success is deeply rooted in the foundation we’ve built through fostering a positive workplace culture. It’s not merely about products; it’s about people – the dedicated individuals who bring their passion, creativity, and expertise to work every day. Our journey from a small brokerage to an industry leader has been shaped by the harmonious synergy of our team, all fueled by a shared commitment to a positive and thriving work environment.

Cultivating a Positive Workplace Culture:

Open Communication: At PRESENCE, open communication is more than a buzzword; it’s a way of life. We’ve cultivated an environment where team members feel heard, valued, and encouraged to share their ideas. Regular team meetings, open-door policies, and company town halls are just a few ways we ensure that every voice matters.  I have always found it incredibly valuable to hold one on one meetings during sales meetings and tradeshows. Our teams appreciate the dedicated time to them and undivided attention.  A significant part of our organizational identity has emerged from these interactions, and I truly value their impact.

Team Empowerment: Empowering our team members is not just a managerial approach; it’s embedded in our company culture. We encourage our employees to take ownership of their roles, fostering a sense of responsibility and pride. By providing opportunities for professional growth and acknowledging individual strengths, we create a workplace where everyone can flourish.  We’ve even taken this to the next level, identifying areas of strength and creating new positions or encouraging a team member to switch departments due their skillset.  

Work-Life Balance: Recognizing that a healthy work-life balance is crucial for employee well-being, we prioritize flexibility and understand the importance of downtime. Our policies promote a balance that allows our team members to recharge, resulting in increased productivity and a more positive outlook on their work.  Allowing reasonable flexibility in order to do their best work has proven to be very effective.  Giving a little goes a long way!  😊

Recognition and Appreciation: Regularly acknowledging the hard work and accomplishments of our team members is a fundamental aspect of our positive culture. Whether it’s through our Kudos! platform, shout-outs in team meetings, or small gestures of appreciation, we work to ensure that the teams’ contribution is valued.

In conclusion, building a positive workplace culture has been a key ingredient in our recipe for success at PRESENCE. It’s not just about being the leading Natural Products Broker; it’s about creating an environment where individuals thrive, collaborate, contribute to a shared vision and want to show up to work every day.  As we continue to evolve and lead in the industry, our commitment to fostering a positive workplace culture remains unwavering. After all, success is not just a destination; it’s a journey shaped by the positive energy of a united and inspired team.