Discover the fundamentals that help build a positive, engaging workplace. Did you know that having an engaged, happy workforce can increase your profitability by more than 20%? Providing a positive workplace culture is essential to creating an engaging environment for your staff.
With great company culture, companies experience retained talent and new talent attraction, engaged and motivated employees and a changed, positive view of “work”.
A lot has been written about the importance of
having a great workplace culture, but what does
a great culture look like? Perks, great snacks,
and funky office decorations aside, there are
much more important fundamentals that must
be in place to build a positive environment
where employees can be at their most
productive and engaged.
7 ELEMENTS OF A GREAT
HOW THEY CONTRIBUTE.
No one feels like a cog in some huge machine,
performing a rote task with no meaning. Each
and every employee understands the company
mission and how they are helping to achieve it.
And that doesn’t mean they have a lofty mission
statement memorized—it means they should
know how their daily work is affecting your
“NO ONE LIKES TO FEEL LIKE A
COG IN A HUGE MACHINE.”
EMPLOYEES ARE ENCOURAGED
TO LEARN & GROW.
A great company culture encourages people
to be creative and proactive about trying new
things and accepts mistakes or failures as part
of the learning process. The best companies
actively train their employees or contribute
to their schooling via tuition reimbursement,
realizing it will only make their company stronger
to have a more educated workforce. Smaller
companies that may not have the resources to
do so can still allow employees to leave early to
attend classes or take a few personal days to get
“A GREAT COMPANY CULTURE
ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO BE
CREATIVE AND PROACTIVE.”
A great company culture must be preserved
by hiring people who fit into it. Diversity is
extremely important, but you can hire people
of all ages, races, religions, etc. who have a
common work ethic and feel comfortable
in your company’s environment. Hiring a
person accustomed to working in Fortune 500
companies into your tiny start-up could be a
mistake if you don’t make sure they are willing to
make sacrifices in the resources at their disposal.
“A GREAT COMPANY CULTURE MUST
BE PRESERVED BY HIRING PEOPLE
WHO FIT INTO IT.”
Every company has its own lingo of acronyms
and product names, but communication should
mostly be plain and open. If it’s the norm to call
employees “resources” instead of “people,” or
if “use” is constantly replaced with “utilize” it’s
unlikely that your company has a truly authentic
culture. Excessive corporate speak is usually
a sign of a need to sound smarter or more
important than one is, and a culture of high
performers should have little need for it.
“EXCESSIVE CORPORATE SPEAK IS
USUALLY A SIGN OF A NEED TO
FUN AT WORK.
It’s called work for a reason, but a great culture
fosters an environment where people feel free
to laugh together and form friendships.
“IN COMPANIES WITH GREAT
CULTURES, PEOPLE LAUGH
TOGETHER AND HAVE FUN.”
A great company culture creates a collaborative
environment where everyone works toward a
common vision for the organization rather than
solely looking out for themselves. When people
hoard information or try to compete with others
to get ahead, it’s a sure sign of a toxic culture
where self-serving behavior is rewarded.
“A GREAT COMPANY CULTURE
CREATES A COLLABORATIVE
One complaint we’ve all heard (or had ourselves)
about bad jobs is that people often hear
nothing about their performance until they’ve
made a mistake. Great companies make sure
that employees are recognized for great work
If your company culture needs some work,
it can be turned around, but it will take time.
None of the above can be achieved with quick
fixes or corporate initiatives. Improving a poor
culture usually entails letting some employees
and managers go, hiring new ones that better
fit the culture you want, re-examining company
policies, taking great care to articulate your
company mission and values, and improving
communications around those goals. Once your
company culture has turned around, recognition
and reward systems can be put into place to
reinforce actions that align with your values
“GREAT COMPANIES MAKE SURE
EMPLOYEES ARE RECOGNIZED
FOR GREAT WORK REGULARLY.”
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