Why organizational culture is important for company growth?
Don’t try and pretend to be something that you’re not. The most important thing about nurturing a healthy culture is that it is genuine. So take a look at the leadership team and influencers in your company and determine what it is that they truly value that sets them apart so you can start defining it. What people truly believe and behaviors that you see where there is a lack of rules and processes will be the real indicator of your culture. Once that’s done, any change you want to occur will have to come from the leadership team, and from the people you hire.
There is no culture in the world that is compatible with everyone. However, workplace culture can become a deterrent if your team hears one thing, and then sees and believes another thing.
Workplace culture is the personality of organization from the employee perspective. It is the sum of the characteristics of what makes your organization unique. This can be anything relating to Organization values, beliefs, attitudes, traditions and behaviors. Your culture has visible components such as the way your business looks, how your employees dress, and how they carry themselves. But it also goes deeper than that. Culture is the environment surrounding your work at all times. If any employee does a great job and organization proudly promoting their employees, it is the intangibles that shape your work environment, your relationships at work and the processes that are carried out on a daily basis. Culture in the workplace is the behavior that results when your employees arrive at a set of unspoken and unwritten rules of working together.
Culture is something that is learned. Just like in everyday life, people learn certain behaviors through rewards or consequences that follow a particular behavior. Make sure you are rewarding positive behaviors as it will cause these behaviors to be repeated, and with time become part of the culture norm.
Culture in the workplace is important because it links company culture with things like employee engagement, happiness, productivity, attrition rate and positive recruitment efforts. Workplace culture can be just as important as your overall business strategy.
There are some Approaches to enhance Culture in the Workplace:
- Stick to Your Core Values: The most reliable way to judge a person’s disposition is to see if words and actions go together. Integrity is a great measure of a person’s character, and it is what should define your company too. When you’re in the process of improving company culture, you need to stick to your company’s core values. Even if you’re trying to push for culture change in the workplace, your core values are the ones that should always stay constant. After all, these are what separates you from ‘everyone else’ and are your competitive advantages.
If you value transparency, you need to ensure that you have systems in place to help you attain a transparent culture. Same goes with rewarding hard work, teamwork, and being open to feedback. The best way to establish a great company culture is to have everyone embody your core values.
- Reward in Public, Coach in Private: Another key to improving company culture is to recognize and reward top performers. If there are exemplary performers, there are also underperformers. Performance management principles would, of course, call for direct supervisor interventions, like coaching. However, you’ll be surprised to find out that not all line managers are aware that coaching sessions should be done very discreetly.
Nothing will kill employee motivation and company culture faster than getting an employee embarrassed in front of co-workers. Getting berated by a manager, whether in public or private, does nothing but instigate fear on the staff – and this is definitely something you do not want when you’re aiming to build a company culture.
Always make sure that line managers are aware of the proper protocols regarding coaching their staff. Fear never helped establish a great company culture.
- Create Fun Work Spaces: People spend the majority of time at work, so why not have work be a place that reflects what makes them happy? Encourage your team members to express their personalities in their workspaces, or come up with a fun decorating challenge for the office. This can stir creativity and also develop a more relaxed environment. Creating enticing break rooms or collaboration areas within the office is also a great way to foster inventiveness and bring the team together.
- Reliable Feedback: The most crucial key to improving workplace culture is creating a strong, reliable and trusted feedback loop between the team and people/senior leaders in the company. It sounds simple, yet often overlooked. People need an outlet to share what’s working and what’s not working. The whole team benefits when we can have honest conversations to callout areas of improvements. Teams need to trust that the feedback they share will be heard by company leaders and leaders will champion & invest in improvements as needed.
- Let Your People Know There’s Room For Advancement:
Promoting from within is a great way to let your people know that with diligence, leadership and determination, they can climb the ranks and become supervisors, managers and executives.
Job applicants also care about company culture, and their fit (or lack thereof) can make a great deal of difference in their motivation at work. When workers don’t fit within a culture, they are more likely to become disengaged with work and quit.