OF WORKPLACE CULTURE
Just like American culture, workplace culture is comprised of key factors
that include a shared set of beliefs, customs, values, behavior, and goals
that are characteristic of the organization. These factors, if unchecked,
can damage brand equity and negatively impact employee performance.
The correlation between employee performance and workplace culture is
Why is that?
An employee’s efforts, productivity, quality of life, and ultimate contributions
to the bottom line are all directly influenced by workplace culture.
Want to better understand how workplace culture impacts your performance?
Consider the impact of these key factors:
If your organization is governed by bureaucracy, excessive administrative
protocols are everywhere. The problem? It’s extremely difficult to get
things done. Layers of “red tape” are performance disincentives and encourage
procrastination and indifference. Any organization encumbered by bureaucracy
should “pierce the stone fence” and create dynamic alternatives for pulling
ideas and projects forward.
Opportunities for professional development
Are you a high achiever? Do you want to excel in your current position or
perhaps even earn a promotion? You may be out of luck without the right
development tools. Organizations that fail to support professional growth
are overlooking their biggest asset: human capital. An organization’s
overall commitment to excellence should reflect prudent investment in
Does your employer provide opportunities to move up the proverbial food chain?
If not, and unless you enjoy being where you are until you retire, “Houston,
we’ve got a problem.” Opportunities for advancement are the cornerstone of a
progressive workplace culture that fosters growth.
Is the door to communication open? Let’s hope so. Employees need a safe space
to express ideas and grievances without judgment or reprisal. If not,
disappointment and frustration fester, eventually resulting in arguments,
resignations, dismissals, and worse. Employers should make every effort to
foster an open, honest, and judgment-free communication zone.
Flexible work arrangements
Are you given some degree of flexibility in how you approach your work schedule?
Depending on the kind of work that you do, such arrangements may vary from
occasional telecommuting, to comp-time, or flexibility in daily start and end
times. The goal is to accommodate work-life balance. Considering the demands on
an ever-changing labor force, the need for flexibility is great. Rigid work
environments contribute to stress and employee burnout.
Does your employer provide incentives that contribute to workplace satisfaction?
Perks may range from providing healthcare, to free parking and meals, an upgraded
physical environment, or interim bonuses. A greater degree of comfort equals less
worry over minutia and increased focus on the things that matter most.
Companies concerned with employee performance don’t have to sit idly by. They can
re-evaluate “best culture practices” and consider a shift towards “next culture
practices”, where a greater ROI on employee satisfaction, productivity, engagement,
and increased positive contributions can all be achieved to enhance the bottom line,
which necessarily impacts every line.
Want to rate your workplace culture? Be proactive and take the quiz,
Quiz: What Is Your Corporate Culture?
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