How to Forge A Solid Employee Culture

Updated November 8, 2022 | Chatty Garrate
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It’s crucial to have a robust understanding of employee culture. It provides your organization with a definitive, competitive advantage. An advantage that is always beneficial is retaining the most individuals with the best work ethic. 

With the knowledge that most employees spend a lot of their time in their respective workplaces, it is easy to see that the social aspect of corporate culture significantly impacts the overall health of a business. 

So, What Is Employee Culture?

Employee culture is the observed behavior, promoted values, and systems in which employees used to communicate in formal and informal ways. All these create the overall 'feel' for both employees and customers. It’s something that is lowkey felt by everybody, and yet, it often goes unspoken about.

Simply put, employee culture answers how individuals do what they do within the workplace.  These are the systems they use to communicate with each other.

One example is utilizing software for sharing information daily.  Another is the extent to which they share their personal lives with their co-workers.

It may also be two individuals lightly yelling signals to one another to get their point across and finish a task. These systematic behaviors point employees to spoken and unspoken rules for interacting with others in the workplace, be it talking.

More often than not, employee culture sets the tone in the overall organization and is felt by both employees and customers alike. That’s why it’s so important to support your employees the right way.

How Does Employee Culture Affect an Organization?

Let's discover some of the most important aspects of employee culture in the corporate world.

Setting the Tone

Employee Culture sets the tone of a company's staff in terms of their work ethic, punctuality, and pace. When a workplace culture is healthy,  employees are more likely to feel valued and at peace. This is especially important for new hires. Even if their pay is good, and the work validating, if they don’t vibe with your work culture, they might be out the door in only a few months.

Creating Unity and An Engaged Staff

A healthy employee culture that aligns with an organization's mission ensures that individuals will be more likely to be on the same page.  Furthermore, a unified company would be able to weather difficult trials and major changes and come out more progressive than ever before.

Increasing Employee Satisfaction

With a company's daily hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget that employees are the lifeblood of an organization. An unhappy workforce means a lethargic business, barely capable of completing its needed functions.

Managers often overlook creating a better employee culture as they see it as an abstract concept. They often place their focus on more tangible objectives.  They create strategies to apply to employees to improve the bottom-line work output.

Of course, these are practical areas to give attention to, but would eventually impact the quality of work if employees feel dissatisfied with their environment, thus being restless.  Without a favorable culture set in place, it's almost certain that a company would not be able to function at its best potential. 

Making employees aware that they are vital to the company ensures a happy and motivated workforce. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before your company joins the long list of bankruptcies that happen every day.

Attracting and Retaining Talent

Culture is one of the most favorable advantages when it comes to attracting talented workers and surpassing the competition. It is no secret, workers who search for employment base their decision on a company's culture before applying, and most of these individuals trade their current job for one with a better culture.

The culture of a company is amongst the best indicators of an employee's satisfaction and why they choose to stay in an organization.

How To Create a Strong Employee Culture

Now that we know how important such a culture is, let's discuss how to achieve one in the workplace.

Creating Goals

There is no company to ever exist without a clear and concise goal in place. One of the main objectives of employers is to create long-term objectives and goals that will point to a clear direction that employees could work towards. This will bring a sense of unity, and with every goal accomplished,  an opportunity to celebrate and bring joy to the workplace arrives.

Providing Meaning and Purpose

Companies cannot build an effective employee culture without a solid sense of what it stands for, without it employee satisfaction will take a major plunge.

There is more to the workforce than craving monetary incentives. Providing meaning and purpose to each individual is vital to the workplace more than ever. To do this, leaders must cultivate pride in their employees by showing examples of how their work positively impacts the company and its well-being. 

Emphasizing Employee Wellness

In many ways, employee culture relies on the concept of ensuring that employees are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy in a positive and sociable workplace to proliferate a healthy culture. Management should provide resources such as accessible healthcare for workers to live their best lives.

Wellness isn’t just about comfort either. They need to be safe from digital threats as well. Make sure to protect employee data, because your business has access to the majority of their livelihood. Ensuring their privacy and data are secure is also a part of employee wellness.

Collaboration and Connection

Collaboration and connection are the most essential parts of cultivating a strong employee culture. No objectives can be made a reality without clear and concise communication from each employee. Some individuals may find their work in social disarray and have to thread through unnecessary office politics to get their job done.

These events can be avoided entirely through honest communication. Not only that but fun activities could also be encouraged. Sports such as basketball, bowling, or even skateboarding for the more daredevil employees could be a great pastime. These can also build better engagement among employees, and camaraderie as they compete with each other.

In Conclusion

A good employee culture exists to make sure employees are comfortable with each other. They must feel comfortable seeking help from their workmates when they need guidance or assistance. With the help of your employees, you can build a learning and developmental culture that benefits everyone.

It falls in the hands of those in management and leadership positions to forge bonds fitting for professional relationships. In the end,  a positive culture is one of the simplest ways to get your employees to invest their time and work with your company.

--Chatty Garrate

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