Company culture or workplace culture is something that's been spoken about a lot lately — almost to exhaustion. But there's a good reason why the term is buzzing as of late, and it stands for something wholehearted. Talking about a healthy workplace culture encourages more organizations to adopt one, and that is, by and large, a great thing.
According to a study by Quantum Workplace, 35% of employees say their culture has changed dramatically in the past two years — 23% of which say it's been for the worse. So, there's still work to be done — especially considering that, as per the same survey, 69% of organizations that adapted amid the pandemic say culture offers them a competitive advantage.
So, what do employees expect as part of a healthy culture?
Communication and transparency
Transparency is a huge part of healthy company culture, and it's not just beneficial for employees. By being open and transparent, especially about your company's core values, you can dramatically increase your credibility as an organization — and you'll be better for it.
Employees deserve to be recognized for their contributions and accomplishments — and not just management. Employers should consider implementing an employee recognition program to get the ball rolling and boost morale.
Learning and growth opportunities
It's a beautiful thing for everybody when employers provide access to learning and growth opportunities. When you allow your workforce to upskill and reskill, they gain a sense of accomplishment and you gain more well-rounded employees. It's a win-win.
The promotion of a healthy work/life balance
In times past, a healthy work-life balance may have been considered a luxury or a benefit in some ways. That is no longer the case. Employees expect, and rightfully so, a proper balance between their professional and personal lives. But, in order for this practice to trickle down and become ingrained as part of the culture, it needs to be actively promoted.
Leaders that are onboard
How can organizations make all of this happen? They need strong leaders who are ready to put these strategies into effect. Management plays an integral role in the upkeep of a healthy culture. They need to be actively promoting and supporting initiatives that are conducive to a more enjoyable and inclusive workplace. Employees will appreciate management's support and encouragement, and that goes a long way.
Fostering a positive, inclusive and encouraging culture at work is not easy, but it is necessary. However, these five strategies are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what should be fundamental components of the modern-day workplace zeitgeist. Organizations that are looking for skilled leaders who can transform company culture for the better can turn to a firm like YES Partners for help.
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