Skip to main content

Creating A Workplace Culture - Top Strategies

Good workplace culture can mean the difference between a happy and miserable working existence. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Workplaces that are fulfilling and productive have a high employee satisfaction level, while unhappiness and poor work-family relationships lead to reduced productivity, absenteeism, and on-the-job injuries." Thus, a healthy, positive workplace culture promotes employee motivation, increases the likelihood of job retention, and, most importantly, produces a healthy and happy workforce. But how do you establish a positive workplace culture? What should your company's official policies be regarding culture?

When it comes to establishing a workplace culture, listening to employees is critical. Why? Employees tell you what they really feel, not what you think they should. According to research by McKinsey & Company, "the best way to understand an issue or dilemma is to ask employees about it." Although some might think this sounds "covert" in a "good worker/bad worker" way, it is simply a fact of human nature.

Next, organizations need to take a close look at their own company values. Organizations have different values; some are more "about" being a community than others. In order to understand the "why's" behind a certain policy, or business practice, ask employees for their opinion. If your company values are based solely on profit, then changing them will most likely create a problem. However, if the majority of your organization's values are based on social justice, equity, fairness, and respect for all human beings, then these changes will have a tremendous impact on your company's productivity and employee satisfaction.

Once you have taken note of both employee opinions and internal communications about company values, you next need to focus on communication. Employees talk to each other every day, in the office, at home, and via direct mail and Internet advertising. Be sure to pay attention to employee conversation, not just in the workplace, but also in the community and among friends and family. Don't be afraid to solicit employee feedback in order to understand what human resources are thinking. A good manager listens carefully and effectively to human resources employees and can make important changes based upon what they hear.

Finally, be sure that your employee communications are not stagnant or confused. There should be regular employee communication events, and an annual employee survey should be held to get honest feedback about workplace culture. Communication is key in any organization, and the earlier you start, the more likely you are to achieve new goals. Don't wait until it's too late!

The third thing that organizations need to do to create a positive workplace culture, is to make sure that they treat people with dignity and fairness. It may seem easier said than done, but there are numerous ways that managers can ensure that their employees are treated with respect. One of the best ways to make sure that everyone is treated fairly is to have an annual appraisal session for all employees, which should involve both management and frontline employees to get candid feedback about how they are being managed. This will help managers improve their performance, and if they see a problem early on, it will give them an opportunity to remedy it.

Finally, organizations need to pay attention to their internal communications. If they are using language or actions that demean employees or project a message of inefficiency or negativity, this sends a message to the people at the other end of the telephone. Any type of negative internal communication, including gossip, can be very damaging to a company's reputation and should be avoided where possible.

Creating a workplace culture means that employees need to feel that they are valued and respected. In addition, a good manager must make it clear to their employees what their company values are and look for good performance from every employee on a daily basis. Following these steps will give any employer the tools they need to create a work environment where everyone is happily engaged and giving their best every single day. 


Popular posts from this blog

Focus on what you are good at doing.

The best leaders are not just talented or diplomatic , but they are also good at focusing on what they are good at doing. People have many skill sets in the business world . Some people are good at marketing but bad with numbers. Others are natural leaders, but they couldn't tell a marketing campaign from their own shadow. This is where the idea of focusing on what you are good at comes into play. It's not about being the best at everything or having ten different jobs on your resume - it's about focusing on what you are naturally talented in and making sure that you're good at it before taking over other areas of the business too. We are usually directed most strongly towards our strengths, whether we know them or not. Learning will come the easiest in the areas of our strengths.  Is it possible for you to be a good leader in every area? Of course not. It is simply not possible for anyone to be an expert in everything. If you try to be an expert in all aspects of y

What Are the Most Common Types of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

The following paragraphs will detail some of the more common types of sexual harassment in the workplace that can occur with anyone regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity. Harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that has no acceptable reason. It can include but is not limited to, verbal comments, physical contact, and/or intercourse. Even though most companies do know that discrimination is bad for business, very few actually have policies that deal with sexual harassment. This is because it often goes unreported. Many employers are well aware that there is a problem with sexual harassment in the workplace. However, they do not want to take the risk of hiring someone who has been previously victimized. Therefore, they usually do not have a clear understanding of the issue. There are two main reasons why employers do not know how to handle sexual harassment in the workplace. First, they may think that it does not happen often enough or that they are not aware of t

Multicultural Diversity in the Workplace

  Multicultural diversity is becoming more important in today's society. The fact is that being a diverse group allows for a lot more possibilities. When you consider how many different cultures and lifestyles there are in the world, it's very easy to see how much a multicultural diversity can benefit any company. Multiculturalism in business is not always easy. However, it's important to understand the different issues that come up when dealing with a multicultural diversity in business. In the past, businesses that have a large number of multicultural members were often overlooked in terms of promotions or even given the cold shoulder. However, this is no longer the case. Multicultural diversity has opened up a lot of doors for businesses. Multicultural members provide a wide range of skills that can prove useful to any company in their field, which is one of the reasons why they are being considered for positions in business. One of the biggest benefits of multicultural