Workplace culture is the personality, character and soul of your company. It’s what makes your business unique and different, built upon traditions, values, behaviors, attitudes, assumptions and beliefs.
For a company, a positive workplace culture can drive employee engagement, morale and teamwork. Positive worksite culture attracts talent, impacts happiness and affects employee performance. The personality of your company is influenced by many things, such as management, leadership, policy, practices, people and beliefs.
The culture of your company impacts many layers of your employee’s lives. This is exactly why a positive worksite culture can drive excellence at work and at home. If you’re stuck at a job you don’t like, it’s going to naturally bother you, not just at work but at home. Since the majority of you depend on your job to live, it affects many areas of your life.
On the other spectrum, if you love your job, those feelings are going to follow you home when you’re with your family or friends. You’re likely going to be happier, more motivated and positive. If you hate work, that negativity can influence you at home, we don’t want that. This is why Kadalyst is focused on helping companies create a thriving culture.
If your employees don’t like working for your company, do you think they’re going to be productive as they could be? Do you think they’re going to perform at a high level? The answer is obvious, “no.” On the other hand, if your employees love working with your company and believe in what your company represents, they’re going to be committed to helping you achieve your goals.
Some business owners prefer to build their company culture “naturally,” but that’s a mistake. You have to define your culture now, you need to set the boundaries. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to do just that in a moment.
Why Is Workplace Culture So Important?
The culture of your organization is important because it strengthens the goals and strategies of your business. Positive culture allows you to;
- Drive employee engagement as employees are more motivated
- Higher performance as employees are aligned with company goals
- Happiness and satisfaction as employees are happy to contribute
- Attracts talent as many employees seek companies with positive culture
Now that you know why culture is important, how can you create positive culture in your workplace?
What Impacts Culture In A Company?
It’s easy to say “everything,” but it’s true, many things can have an impact on the culture of your business. Let’s look at the most common factors.
(1) Management – Management can have a huge impact on culture. How is your organization being managed? What systems, policies, controls and procedures do you have in place that promotes a positive worksite culture?
(2) Leadership – One of the biggest factors to impact your workplace culture is leadership. The way your leaders lead and interact with employees has a heavy influence on culture. Leaders influence culture based on how they lead, decision making and how employees respond to their leadership.
(3) Beliefs, Vision And Mission – The clarity of your company’s beliefs, vision, purpose and mission will greatly affect your workplace culture. The philosophies and values of your company must inspire your employees. It must always be communicated and articulated to your team.
(4) Your Employees – Hiring the right people that have the same beliefs, values, experiences and philosophies is vital to creating a positive culture in your organization. All of the interactions of your team can help build culture or tear it down, so hiring the right people that share in your vision is important.
(5) Work Environment – The workplace environment can also influence the culture of your company. Objects, signs, decor and furniture all play a role in your work environment. You want to create an inviting environment but one that’s efficient for production.
(6) Workplace Practices – There’s a lot of factors here at work that are categorized under workplace practices, such as onboarding, recruiting, recognition, rewards, training, performance management, employee wellness programs, benefits, compensation, vacation, health, etc.
(7) Incentives – The incentives you offer your employees can also play a part in developing your company culture. Incentives make your company attractive to potential employees, also helping with employee retention. Employees want to stay with companies that have bonuses, pay raises, paid time off and insurance.
How To Get Clarity On Your Workplace Culture
Remember, you can’t allow your “culture” to create itself, your workplace culture must be clearly defined prior to strategically implementing it into your organization.
We recommend planning your culture out, implementing culture as a core business strategy. Culture is all about “action,” and there’s a lot of different ways to take action on your company culture.
- Identify the philosophy, procedures and policies of your company.
- Establish clear values and ethos for your business.
- Create feedback loops for leadership, management and employees.
- Hire employees that share your company’s mission and values.
- Clearly communicate the importance of every employee’s actions to the cause.
- Consistently communicate what’s going on with the company to everyone.
- Recognize all levels in your business, from top to bottom.
- Be respectful to all employees.
- Reward those who go above and beyond, as well as performance incentives.
- Promote accountability with fairness.
Culture is never a finished product, but rather something we’re always working on. Whether it’s meant to or not, culture will change and you either adapt or you don’t. While many companies fail to focus on culture as a business strategy, we hope you will do just that. After all, a positive workplace culture could be the biggest asset your company has or it can be the biggest negative factor in your organization.
If you need help building your workplace culture, Kadalyst can help. You can reach us directly at 503-512-5175 or use this contact form.