It can take years to positively change your workplace culture but only a few days to ruin it


The term “workplace culture” can sometimes be misunderstood or pigeonholed.

For example, I have seen job listings that boast of an awesome workplace culture with modern office fittings, social activities for staff and the best coffee machine in Melbourne. Job perks can contribute to employee engagement, but the concept of workplace culture extends a much broader umbrella.

I have also seen companies defining their workplace culture solely by their profitability. Again, this fails to capture the true scope and significance of a “workplace culture”.

Culture is defined as the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a society of people. Your workplace culture is very much like a microcosm of a society. The ideas, work customs, and behaviours of your staff generate the character, feel and functionality of your organisation. Your workplace culture is greatly impacted by:

  • Leadership and communication styles

  • Personality and relationship styles

  • Beliefs, behaviours and attitudes

  • Organisational vision and values

  • Workplace policies and practices

It’s important for leadership to be proactive in fostering the workplace culture, rather than letting it evolve without direction or intention.

A positive workplace culture drives staff engagement, satisfaction and performance, and attracts talent and clientele.

A tense, negative or toxic workplace culture puts you and your staff at risk of costly mistakes, low productivity, high staff turnover, complaints or grievances, which ultimately has a negative impact on your organisation’s performance.

It can take 3-5 years to create a long-lasting positive change to workplace culture but only a couple of days to ruin it. Leaders be warned: if you ignore workplace culture, it will turn toxic.

Attending to your workplace culture on a regular basis should be a fundamental part of your risk management plan.

My advice to employers, directors, executives and HR Managers is to take a holistic approach* to achieving your desired organisational culture. This means looking at the whole picture and using a range of tools and strategies.

* If you would like to receive a step-by-step outline of our holistic approach to workplace culture, please contact me and I will send it to you directly.

For further assistance with your workplace culture, please contact us today.

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