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The culture of your workplace has a significant impact on people’s wellbeing and job satisfaction. Workplace culture represents the collective values and attitudes of the people who work there and is predominantly defined by the management and leadership of the company. 

We spend so much of our lives working that the importance of a good workplace culture can’t be overstated. Organisations that clearly define their workplace culture benefit because they can attract like-minded people. Not everyone will be the right fit and that’s okay. People are far more likely to stay in a job that aligns with their values and has a culture that’s well-suited to them. There are many different ways to create a great workplace culture. We had a client recently who was initially struggling to find the right fit for a role. They’re a fairly sizeable company who have a clearly defined culture – one that is strongly collaborative and supportive. They also have an office dog. The first candidate that went for the job had no interest in dogs and was a bit miffed when they proudly mentioned their office dog. Then a few weeks went by, and they interviewed another candidate who came out of interview saying, “it was a great interview, they have an office dog!” She was very excited by this. Ultimately, they offered it to the second candidate and she accepted the role.

Creating a great workplace culture

1. Company values

Being clear on some of your core beliefs as a company is very important. For instance, do you donate money to charity every month? What are your policies around fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace? Taking the time to think about what we value is vital on an individual level, as well as from a company perspective.

2. Diversity and inclusion

Creating a positive work environment allows people from all walks of life to feel comfortable and valued irrespective of their sexual orientation, race or gender.

3. Career progression

Studies have shown that feeling valued and feeling challenged are significant factors in increasing workplace satisfaction. If your employees don’t feel there are growth opportunities, they’re unlikely to stay long term. Creating clear goals and rewards for employers will improve positive feelings in the workplace.

4. Communication and collaboration are key

It’s important for company leaders to encourage a supportive and collaborative work environment. A workplace where honest and respectful communication is valued will help staff to feel comfortable and listened to. Be sure to foster connections between employees and a positive atmosphere with opportunities for social interaction. These might include team dinners and/or getaways or company supplemented activities such as seeing a sporting event or theatrical production.