Did you know that every organization has a culture? Even if you never thought of this, the company you work for, or own, has a culture. But what is “culture”? I define it as follows:
Workplace culture is a collection of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that make up the atmosphere in your work environment.
So, there is healthy workplace culture and unhealthy workplace culture. The best companies are always aware of these culture options and strive to build the best culture in their marketplace.
Let’s briefly look at a healthy workplace culture.
A healthy workplace culture will align employee behaviors and company needs with the company’s overall goals while also considering the well-being of individuals. Notice that it is not an either/or, but a win-win.
Strive for your culture to be a win-win, where both the company and the team align and are being well cared for. In my book, “Growing on Purpose,” we see that if you have a healthy culture, you will have a healthy customer experience, which ultimately is the goal of successful businesses.
Conversely, work culture also determines how well a person fits into their environment at their job and their ability to build professional relationships with colleagues. After all, we tend to spend more time with our co-workers than we do anyone else, so how well each person fits into the company is vital to their success.
In the end, the goal of culture is to create an environment that allows both the company and the team to prosper. Anything out of balance tends to lead to someone not being happy. Either the company closes, or the team members leave. And both could have been avoided if time and attention had been paid to the culture.