How to Develop a Workplace Culture
The people are an organisations single most important asset, and developing a positive work culture starts with the people; their happiness, well-being and comfort – only then can a company expect to create a culture at work.
A well established, well-communicated company culture also allows its employees’ to better understand the company, its people, the management, and its values.
Without a positive work culture, employees will have difficulty integrating with the workplace environment and are unlikely to recognise an organisations values and ethos which will lead to low level productivity and poor company results. Not only does it affect performance, but companies with a more positive work culture outperform their competitors and are often more successful.
There is an undeniable correlation between employee happiness, job satisfaction and their workplace culture. Research from Deloitte has found a significant correlation between employee happiness and satisfaction with a positive workplace culture.
A company’s workplace design should reinforce an organisations values and beliefs; they should have a workplace that reflects their company’s future; what they aim to achieve, and who they look to attract.
Making employees part of the design approach of an office, drives employee engagement, which is more important now than ever. Millennials are the largest segment in the workplace, and account for nearly half the workforce. A study from Gallup identified that engagement indicates a deeper emotional and behavioural connection to a job and company, and also found that ‘only 29% of millennials are engaged at work.’ Gallup estimates that millennial turnover de to lack of engagement costs the U.S. economy $30.5 billion each year.’
Engagement can be encouraged through employee interaction with the office, having a variety of spaces available for them to change up their work style and implement a more agile way of working.
Interaction can also mean through communication, collaboration and having areas to step away from the office buzz to relax or reflect. If staff want to communicate new ideas to their colleagues there should be areas for them to brainstorm and collaborate – thus the implementation of collaboration spaces in offices; staff feel connected and inspired by interconnectivity of this environment.
A study by CultureIQ found that ‘employee’s overall ratings of their company’s qualities – including collaboration, environment and values – are rated 20% higher at companies that exhibit a stronger workplace culture.’
Having loyal staff supports the growth of an organisations culture, but retaining staff is a challenge, and one that is not to be ignored. The ability to retain staff is very important to a company’s culture, as well fostering a workplace that attracts new talent to the company. A positive work culture is a great way of attracting new talent and is a great way to make an organisation stand out to their competitors. New talent is paramount for a company’s success and further growth.
A positive work culture gives companies a competitive advantage because not only are they more productive and the quality of work they produce to a better standard, but employees look for a workplace that they can call home, rather than working at an organisation on a short-term basis and using it as a stepping stone to a better company.
Companies, like Maris Interiors, that are recognised as being some of the ‘best companies to work for’ see a great level of interest from prospective employees because it reinforces the culture that they have built. It also boosts the employees’ confidence in their workplace because they like working for a company with a good reputation.
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