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29th November 2019 | 4 min read
These days, we hear a lot about workplace culture, but what exactly is it? To put it simply, workplace culture is the environment we work in, including the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of employees, the management, the physical environment itself and workplace practices such as recruitment, training and benefits.
A positive workplace culture has been demonstrated to increase employee productivity and engagement, achieve company goals and drive results. Workplace culture is therefore arguably intrinsic to the success of a business, but why is it so important? In this article, we’ll share some useful pointers on positive workplace culture, and how it could help you grow as a business and increase your success.
In your business, different teams should work as well-oiled machines to hit targets and drive profit. However, without a good workplace culture, your employees may not feel as though they are part of a team. A great way to improve teamwork is by including team-building activities as part of your business culture. Ensure that teams regularly meet to catch up on progress, lay out a clear set of goals and discuss how best to achieve them. Introducing team-building activities will help to strengthen relationships and produce more productive teams.
It’s also good if your employees can spend bonding time together outside work, to blow off some steam and get to know each other better. Although working relationships should be professional before anything else, if your employees get on well and enjoy each other’s company, they’ll work better as a team.
A stressed, demotivated workforce creates a negative workplace culture and is likely to have a negative impact on growth. If you want to achieve growth, the morale, motivation and stress levels of your employees are key.
Businesses with a positive workplace culture increase employee morale. Employees
feel happier, look forward to coming to work, feel positive about their role and perform better as a result. Further, motivated employees work harder, achieve more, and thereby increase growth. Perks and rewards do wonders for boosting employee motivation.
Finally, a workplace with a good culture contributes to reducing stress levels, as employees feel more relaxed and able to do their job properly. Businesses with negative workplace culture can lead to burnt-out employees and problems with mental health. Less stress in the workplace and a positive, happy culture means fewer health problems and a stronger workforce.
A positive workplace culture will not only help you to retain your staff, but will make the company more appealing for other potential employees. If a company is repeatedly touted as a great place to work, with a high level of job satisfaction, you’re sure to attract more employees, as well as securing the loyalty of your current staff members.
On the flipside, companies with a toxic work culture risk leading their employees to seek alternative career opportunities. Further, a toxic work culture becomes a reputation, the company will end up not only losing employees, but also driving future employees away.
To sum up, a healthy workplace culture will ensure long-term, experienced, and loyal staff who remain with the company for a significant amount of time. This is much more likely to drive growth than companies who have poor workplace culture and a high turnover of staff.
How to ensure you have a positive workplace culture
The best way to make sure your employees are performing at their best is to outline a clear plan for your workplace culture and stick to it. Encourage regular feedback from your employees; you can do this face-to-face or send out a survey email to assess how the company feels as a whole about the workplace culture. It is vital that you take constructive feedback on board and action any reasonable suggestions – after all, your employees are the foundation of your business and their insights are therefore invaluable. When you receive good feedback on certain aspects of your workplace culture, take measures to maintain them.
Try to ensure that your workplace culture fosters acceptance, diversity and communication. Your employees should feel accepted, supported, and confident that if they have a problem or a concern, there will be a safe space for them to discuss it, with no judgement. Look to consistently refresh and adapt company policies to keep your workplace culture at the forefront of modern business.
You don’t necessarily have to spend lots of money, but as long as you put enough time, thought and resource into creating a great workplace culture, you are sure to reap the resulting benefits.
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