December 7, 2018

Culture In The Workplace

“Home is where the heart is”… but considering we spend most of our lives at work, why don’t we apply the same sense of belonging to the office?

Research shows that if employers dedicated more time to workplace culture, then ‘a want’ rather than ‘a need’ to go to work would follow suit.

What is workplace culture?

Workplace culture is the environment that leaders create for their employees. It is the character, personality and values of an organisation that filter down into the attitude of the workforce. It determines the employee’s work satisfaction and therefore plays a defining role in whether companies retain good people.

Positive workplace culture has not only proven to attract talent, but foster happiness, productivity and creativity. Meanwhile, negative workplace culture has shown to have a detrimental impact on the entire community.

The Internet offers a plethora of ways to build positive company culture. Providing feedback, showing appreciation, having clear company goals and motivating others seem to be key methods in developing this concept.

Nammu's top 5 for improving workplace culture ...

Nammu have identified 5 other ways to improve workplace culture that can be applied to small businesses and start-ups as well as large corporations:

1. Trust & Flexibility

The recruitment and promotion process of a company is an integral part of workplace culture. Leaders should be employing great staff members and not being afraid to let go of the bad ones. In turn, the workforce is made up of the best and most loyal people. These people are assets to the business. They should be trusted and given opportunities to expand their work lives. Flexible hours, working from home or encouraging revival time makes staff feel important. It shows that the employer trusts their work ethic without having to micromanage, and shows the support of employee wellness.


2. Encouraging Employee Wellness

Employees need to feel their best at work in order to perform at their best. Emotional, mental and physical care is key so leaders should ensure that their employees have the right resources to live the healthiest work life. This doesn’t need to involve costs such as health insurance, which smaller businesses or start-ups may struggle to afford.

From positive reinforcement, one-to-ones and revival hour, to lunchtime exercise sessions and conference call walks; there are a number of ways to make sure that your employee’s wellness is being maintained.  


3. Décor in the Workplace

We spend so much time and money turning our houses into homes, workplaces deserve just as much. Lighting, design, furniture and cleanliness have a direct impact on whether your employee wants to go to work in the morning. Comfortable and engaging workplaces will stimulate your employee’s mind-set, instead of having them watching the clock.


4. Embracing the Young and Nurturing the Old

The younger generation are always a force to be reckoned with. Millennial's have changed business practices with their new ideas, fresh approach and enthusiasm in taking risks. To harness this energy, leaders should motivate all employees to train and invest in the younger workforce rather than shirk them. At the same time, employees should be encouraged to appreciate the older generation, working with their experience and knowledge.

It’s no secret that staff can feel threatened by new blood but by focusing on workplace culture, leaders can create a harmonious and productive community.


5. Creating a Community

While a team is pulled together by a common task, a community is held together by a common purpose. With this, an employee becomes part of something bigger than the company. Communities give a platform to promote discourse and encourage positivity. They welcome criticism and therefore improvement.

There are a number of ways to foster a community without spending money:

  • Updating the workforce regularly on every day company goals, wins and setbacks.
  • Extra-curricular activities.
  • Organising philanthropic initiatives such as fundraisers.  
  • Friendly intra-company competition through tasks or events.  

By encouraging a community, the employee is not just defined by their job description but also by their wider social role. This has been shown to influence a company's staff turnover and retention.


Workplace Culture

As it’s been said, ‘if you are lucky enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure people look forward to coming to work in the morning’. Workplace culture is at the forefront of this approach.