April 18, 2019
What Is Workplace Culture?
You may have heard the phrase “workplace culture” or “organizational culture” before, but do you know how culture can be used to make for a better, more productive workplace?
Workplace culture is the values, beliefs and principles that guide a company or team. It is ‘the way things get done around here’ or ‘what people do when no one is looking’. These unwritten rules contribute to the atmosphere of an organization, and influence the behavior and attitudes of each team member. An organization has a strong culture when these guiding principles are clear to all associates and can be articulated easily. A weak workplace culture is less easy to articulate, changes often or is not clear.
How To Create a Strong Workplace Culture
Creating a strong workplace culture takes time and effort, but can help your organization grow and flourish.
Establish Your Principles
Strong culture starts with strong principles. Identify the themes and values that are the foundation of your business and articulate them in a clear statement that can be shared by all employees and deployed in day-to-day business.
These principles will serve as a compass to guide business decisions and unite teams across geographies, generations and cultures.
Empower Your Team
As part of our efforts to understand every aspect of the workplace, we've conducted extensive research to understand the needs of offices all over North America. In a survey of more than 4,000 workers, respondents who reported that they “have control over the things that are important to me” also proved highly likely to enjoy a sense of well-being on the job. They’re also more likely to be engaged, collaborative, and productive than workers who feel otherwise.
Fostering a workplace culture that gives people a sense of control can help build an environment where each person takes responsibility and works more efficiently. This control can come in the form of flexible hours, frequently soliciting employee feedback, or even allowing your teams more control over their projects and workload.
Providing people with control pays dividends; these workers are:
- 57% more likely to be engaged
- 55% more likely to be collaborating
- 53% more likely to be productive
- 86% more likely to have a sense of well-being
Never Stop Learning
This goes for both the organization as a whole and each individual contributor. As an organization, continue to listen to feedback, look ahead to the next challenge and build strong relationships with your internal and external clients.
Individual contributors should also be encouraged to learn, grow and bring advanced skills to the organization. Taking part in educational event and conferences, or even having time set aside for self-guided learning and webinars: all of this contributes to your employee’s knowledge base. This not only provides benefit for the organization, but also for the individual who is continually challenged and encouraged to stretch themselves.
Building a positive workplace culture depends on everyone in the organization. From leadership down to individual contributors, each associate contributes to overall culture. By implementing these three tips, you can start on the path to a positive, productive workplace culture.
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