Improve culture for better employees
There’s a lot of buzz about workplace culture these days. From the access to video games, ping-pong tables and nap pods at Google Headquarters, to free yoga classes and unlimited vacation at Twitter, it’s easy to find enviable lists of perks that are labeled as modern workplace culture. But while these perks are wonderful (Nap pod, please!), culture is more then benefits and freebies.
From mega-corporations to small businesses, workplace culture is a vital part of every business. Some businesses ignore it, while others embrace, but either way it affects everyone your business touches. Organizational culture communicates expectations, mission, vision and values to employees at all levels.
According to Frances Frei and Anne Morriss at Harvard Business Review:
“Culture guides discretionary behavior and it picks up where the employee handbook leaves off. Culture tells us how to respond to an unprecedented service request. It tells us whether to risk telling our bosses about our new ideas, and whether to surface or hide problems. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day, and culture is our guide. Culture tells us what to do when the CEO isn’t in the room, which is of course most of the time.”
Creating Positive Culture
Why does it matter? When an organization focuses on creating a culture that aligns with the mission and values they are putting real action behind the words. This creates a positive culture! Positive culture leads to happy, better satisfied employees. Happy employees perform better, help the company succeed and reduce turnover. Most of all, research shows that culture is important to your employees and it’s linked to job satisfaction.
Identifying your organization’s culture and how it differs from your desired culture can be a challenge especially when you live and breathe it every day. This is one situation where an outside perspective can be really beneficial. Scott Human Resources partners with clients to identify and establish the workplace culture that aligns with their mission. We help build core values that are then measured through daily activities and show the value of each team member. Managers receive support to better their communication skills and increase open communication among the team.
Intentionally creating workplace culture develops happier and healthier employees who are more likely to remain that way. Positive culture attracts talent, drives engagement and retention, and affects performance. If you’re ready to see the affects of positive culture at your organization, schedule your free initial meeting with one of Scott Human Resources’ senior consultants. Email us at Office@ScottHR.com or call 785-272-5410 today.
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