Importance of a healthy workplace culture

In most workplaces, it is very common to hear terms such as ‘workplace culture’ or hiring managers, advising that they are looking for ‘the right culture fit’ when considering candidates for their vacancies. What does it really mean when we say, ‘workplace culture’ or ‘the right culture fit’?

What is workplace culture?

Workplace culture is a set of shared beliefs, values, norms and practices for group members. It is the only truly unique identifier which differentiates a business from its competitors in the mind of its stakeholders. Just like us human beings have our own unique personalities; a workplace culture is the personality of that business. Furthermore, it is the bridge between business strategy and the people who carry out that strategy. Hence why hiring managers always look out for candidates that would be the right culture for their teams and the business.

A positive workplace culture has significant influence on a business’s performance, productivity, profit and reputation, whilst a negative workplace culture leads to bullying, increased stress, and absenteeism. Therefore, it is essential for businesses to build a workplace culture of which is of a positive, harmonious environment.

How do we build positive workplace culture?

Innovative businesses understand that to have a healthy and positive workplace culture, it needs to create an environment where workers feel that they belong and then engage them by providing guidance on accepted norms, behaviors and allowing them to take responsibility for their results. HR’s role is instrumental here by training line managers on how to expedite. 

Workplace culture cannot be created without an intention. A great place to start is discover what makes the company tick and shape its culture thoughtfully from day one. It's a matter of determining what's important, establishing the tone and direction of the company culture, and then setting the example in every interaction and decision.

All workers want to work in environment where they are trusted, supported and respected. To build these universal traits, businesses need to cultivate relationships, and this can be done by hosting group bonding activities such as dinners or drinks where workers will have the opportunity to get to know one another. It is also crucial for businesses to be as honest and transparent with their employees. Without these traits, a business cannot expect productivity, morale and engagement from its workers. 

All workers want to work for a business where they are developing professionally. Businesses will need to provide its workers with opportunities for development and upskilling.  Growing professionally might be appealing to any workers, however burned out on the other hand creates an unhealthy work environment. Businesses will need to create a culture that rewards result over hours. Providing a flexible work environment and encouraging employees to take time out for themselves will not only improve cultural outcomes, it will also allow the business to sustain ongoing loyalty from the employee, reduce absentees and high staff turnaround.

This article is prepared to only provide general information about the topic. It is not intended to be used as advice in any way.

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