Work Culture: The Dark Horse of Successful Businesses
The ideas and skills might profit a company in the present, but work culture is what decides the future of a company. Although this is something that sounds extremely ordinary, the value it adds to an enterprise is surprisingly extraordinary. Culture has always defined the progression or regression of a community in various domains and the workplace is no exception. When the values and beliefs of a company are in unity, half the race is won. It is the responsibility of a company’s leadership panel to be aware of their employee’s well-being and ensure that the workplace promotes the idea of happiness and satisfaction among the employees.
What impacts the work culture of a company?
Work culture gets impacted and developed by almost everything that happens in an organization. It is a product of multiple factors collaborating at every level of the company.
- Leaders– The captains of the (leader)ship play a crucial role in defining the workplace culture for a company. The way leaders communicate with the employees, how they keep the employees motivated, the decisions they take, the celebrations and the vision for future they share, influence the health of work-culture and hence, in a way, determines the life-span of a company.
- Management –The management of a company might not communicate with the employees that often but they are responsible for laying the foundation of work culture in the company. The norms, policies, hierarchy, goals and many such structural aspects of a company’s anatomy establish the functioning of a company. How an organization is managed determines whether an employee would feel empowered or enslaved while working in it.
- Practices and Principles–Having great ideas about improving the work culture is one thing, but what matters the most is putting them into action. Starting from recruitment procedures to training and development of the employees and ultimately recognizing and rewarding the performances and skills of the deserving employees, sums up to defining workplace practices. Similarly, the principles of a company are defined by how the company runs and establishes the ethics and code of conduct among the employees.
- Workplace Environment–This is something extremely important, but not an easy aspect to address and monitor an organization. This includes everything happening or physically present within an employee’s surroundings. The design of the office space, furniture and facilities, along with the communication and transparency in the decision-making of the company, everything sums up to becoming the workplace environment and impacts the work culture of the organization.
What does a healthy work culture mean?
Just like an individual’s wellbeing, the health of an organization impacts the growth and productivity of the company adding the value of quality to its deliverables.
Few characteristics that define a healthy work culture are –
- Employee Attitude–An employee’s attitude towards the company and co-workers reflects the work culture of that company. The respect for each other and exhibiting professionalism in the workplace is of utmost importance to maintain a healthy work culture. Things like conflicts and nasty politics risk the health of a workplace culture and are never recommended as they act as road-blocks in company’s growth.
- The attitude of Organization towards Employees–It should be a matter of top priority to make sure that the employees are always feeling motivated in the existing work environment. Partiality can be toxic to a company’s growth. Treating all employees the same is a must and professionalism must be promoted keeping personal relationships aside. The small appreciations can also make a big difference and the ones not performing that well should be encouraged more often instead of criticizing and demotivating, otherwise it will lead to unhealthy work culture.
- Mentors over Bosses–To make the company grow, it is important to first help the employees grow in their respective line of work. It is therefore, important to have good leaders and managers who can act as mentors for the employees rather than being a boss and restricting the employees to flourish in order to maintain a healthy work culture.
It is very important for organizations to constantly analyze and evaluate where they stand today and where they want to be in the future. This will help to point out and understand the drawbacks in present workplace culture and thus, will lead to getting rid of toxic elements from the work culture. Thereafter, healthy practices must be promoted and should be given as much importance as business strategies for the overall benefit of both employees as well as the organization.