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Workplace culture: what it is and how to create positive impact in your organization

How to create a winning company culture that will attract candidates, retain top talent and launch your business on the path

“Positive culture is a vital aspect of running a business–more than 50% of executives say corporate culture influences productivity, creativity, profitability, firm value, and growth rates.” - Bonfyre

Forbes describes workplace culture as "the shared values, belief systems, attitudes and the set of assumptions that people in a workplace share". A bad workplace culture breeds negativity, poor performance, and at times, a toxic work environment. This can lead to a bad company reputation, high turnover, and low productivity.

In order to effectively change workplace culture, there are two things you need to do: first, you need to be able to identify a bad workplace culture. Then, you need to take action to change it.How to identify a bad workplace culture:

  • Colleagues don't align with the team/company's values, leading to frequent tension and conflict
  • The team can communicate its core values, attitudes, and assumptions, but their actions don't align with their words

How to change workplace culture:

  • Be open to employee's points of frustration and communicate openly - gossip between coworkers won't solve anything
  • Provide honest (but respectful) feedback - both from manager to employee, and vice versa!
  • Set clear, measurable goals and incentives to motivate, and employees can share their own work goals with their manager in order to receive good support
  • Define desired behaviours and values to let everyone know what they're striving towards
  • Don't rush - good culture will take time & investment to achieve! Gradual change > overhaul

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