What’s the culture of the organisation like? This is one of the first questions I’m asked by many candidates when talking to them about a new role. A positive workplace culture is very important. It can engender a real team spirit, will result in a more engaged workforce and it helps teams become more productive.
With the right workplace culture, your staff want to come to work each day – and they’re less likely to quit. Given that it can cost thousands of dollars to recruit and train a new staff member, keeping staff engaged makes solid business sense.
Creating a positive workplace culture is often seen as time consuming, and a drain on company resources. It doesn’t have to be. The first step is to identify and evaluate existing patterns to see what needs changing.
For example, if staff members always need to check their ideas with managers, the predominant culture is one in which people are either reluctant to have their own opinion or the leadership are too controlling. Innovation is stymied. Or, if people are frustrated by the mindset, “My manager is always working late, so I can’t leave until they do”, you’ll want to remind managers to lead by example and leave at a decent hour.
Cultural change can happen quickly with effective initiatives from leaders that instil trust and confidence in their staff. The speed of cultural change is directly related to the speed at which company leaders demonstrably get on board and support the change in their own and their team’s daily behaviours.
In some cases organisational cultural change can be immediate. Small changes can occur immediately through increased discussion and demonstration of the new cultural behaviours. Great leadership is the key to sustained positive cultural change. Leaders who build trusting environments, communicate effectively, are consistent in their behaviours, and role-model desired behaviours, create sustained positive cultural change.
The Benefits of Creating A Positive Culture In Your Workplace
- Employees can get on with their jobs, improving productivity, rather than focus on what is going wrong with the organisation, and the leadership team
- Employees are proud to work for positive organisations and share their experience with their social networks, enhancing the company brand
- Knowledge and experience is shared between employees which improves efficiency, productivity and performance
- People enjoy coming to work and are more committed to the organisation, reducing the huge costs of turnover
- Employees go home happier and more satisfied, and this impacts their families and friends.
Building a positive workplace culture is highly beneficial for organisations. When organisations employ initiatives that focus on people and meeting essential human needs, they build positive workplace cultures that thrive in challenging times.
If Selection Partners can help you in any way to improve your workplace culture by conducting a cultural assessment and alignment, feel free to contact us on 03-9832-8100 or contact June Parker on firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle O’Neil on email@example.com