7 Beatles songs for improving office culture
The time we’ve all been waiting is finally here—The Beatles are now streaming for free on all major music-streaming services (Spotify and Apple Play, to name a few). To celebrate their arrival, we’ve been listening nonstop to our favorites at the office. After days on repeat, I couldn’t help but notice how applicable many Beatles’ classics are to office life, especially as it pertains to culture.
Culture is an area seldom discussed in optometry—I think this is partially because it’s not as tangible or as easily measured as other metrics. If practice culture isn’t something you’ve ever considered, there’s strong data that suggests you should.
According to recent studies by Columbia University,1 offices with a rich culture are more productive and have significantly lower turnover. In addition, the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick2 found that happy workers are 12 percent more productive than average workers. This is particularly important in the optical industry because happy employees lead to happy, lifelong patients.
So whether you’re an optometrist striving to improve your business and relationships, an optician hoping to making work more fun and productive, or anything in between, here are a few classics to help jumpstart how you think about your culture.
All You Need Is Love
The average day in the office can get a little hectic and stressful to say the least. By focusing on creating an office culture that fosters love and authenticity, those rough days will get easier and your staff will take notice.
Creating a loving culture also has the added benefit of improving trust. According to “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen M. Covey, only 51 percent of employees trust their managers. Empowering those you work with by showing compassion can drastically improve this number. Even if the changes are small at first, the goal is to genuinely show you care about each person’s well being. And don’t forget, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.