Company culture acts as a binding agent for any successful company’s workforce. In this article, we take a look at how deeply the work environment can affect company culture.
According to Builtin, company culture can be defined as a “set of shared values, goals, attitudes, and practices that characterize an organization. It gives direction to organizations.”
Indeed.com defines a positive work environment can be defined as the “working environment in a workplace that promotes employee safety, growth, and goal attainment. These environments are most conducive to a successful workforce as they encourage employees to perform to their highest ability. Companies can achieve a positive working environment by focusing on their overall culture, supporting employee growth, and making employees feel safe and comfortable.”
The right company culture combined with a positive work environment is what drives a company to success. Company culture is incredibly important as it gives an employee a sense of belonging. Employees are more likely to enjoy their job and look forward to coming to work every day when the culture and ethos are that of growth and productivity. Every employees’ ethics and work ethic will have to be aligned with fellow employees so that it also helps them develop their relationships with each other and finds a way to work productively and cohesively within a group.
When it comes to one affecting the other, it always goes both ways. Company culture can affect the work environment and vice versa.
Let’s take a look at how company culture can affect the work environment:
1. Employee Engagement
Organizations with a healthy all-inclusive culture that promotes every employee to speak up and communicate tend to help them feel comfortable to share their ideas and opinions. An open and communicative culture can lead to higher productivity, innovation, more participation, and better quality work. When a person feels like they are being heard there is less room for any sort of resentment towards the employer which can then lead to disengagement, loss of morale, absenteeism, low quality work, and higher attrition rates. HR departments and management must make sure to always have an employee engagement strategy in place that reflects the company culture, promotes positivity, and helps to gain insights into employee feelings, thoughts, and morale so the necessary steps can be taken to avoid negativity rooting within the work environment.
2. Employee Performance
One of the palpable undernotes of having a strong and well-enforced company culture is that it can promote employees to have a healthy competitive advantage. Within a strong culture, employees feel valued and like equal contributors to the overall goal where they not only know how to work together but still have clearly defined roles and responsibilities giving them the chance to shine within their own circle of competency thus enabling them to achieve a higher performance level.
3. Employee Satisfaction
Satisfaction always comes part and parcel with positivity. When a company’s culture promotes the individual, as well as company growth, employee recognition, a sense of comfort, safety, and the well-being of employees, they more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and where they are. They are less likely to be job hunting and will remain loyal to the company they are at. They will also do their best to deliver high-quality work and improve productivity. This is a direct result of companies showcasing how they care for their employees by promoting work-life balance, giving them opportunities to grow and excel, offering help, and flexibility to employees during times of need.
A company’s culture can be strong and well inculcated within the organization, however certain kinks in the armor can have damaging effects over time. While most employees may adhere to the company culture, a few bad eggs may disrupt the work environment and reduce productivity, motivation, and quality of work. That being said, it is up to management to help weed out the bad eggs, make sure to keep a positive work environment, and to make sure that their employee engagement activities reflect a positive attitude and maintain the right balance between company culture and work environment for optimal performance.