Company culture, every business has one. But not all leaders are aware of their own company culture and the effects it has on employee engagement.
As company culture is something implied rather than actively communicated from the top down, it’s important for leaders to have an awareness of their company attitudes and how employees are generating that culture.
Let’s start off with a definition:
‘[Company or organizational culture is..]a pattern of shared basic assumptions that employee have learned…that has worked well enough to be considered valid and therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think, and feel’
– Organizational Culture and Leadership, Edgar Schein
In other, more colloquial words…
‘the way we do things round here’.
Having a negative culture can be the beginning of a business’ downfall. It can affect all areas of a company including productivity, employee retention and talent acquisition.
Having a positive company culture will create a feeling of purpose and belonging within your workforce, increasing staff retention and motivating and inspiring employees. Take the time to observe your workforce and experience the company from their level to give leaders the opportunity to assess the workplace attitudes and cultures.
Becoming aware of your culture and how it may need to change is only the first step. Influencing it is the next. As the culture of your company is bred by your employees, it’s your employees who have the ability to change it. Finding your ‘employee ambassadors’ – the people who are proactively and positively seeking to improve your company and relationships in the workplace – then encouraging them is the best possible next step.
Communicating clear goals, visions and values also helps to influence the behaviours of your employees. Some companies even communicate what kind of attitudes they expect from their employees in handbooks and welcome packs – but this isn’t a quick fix and will only work in environments that already have a genuine and positive culture.
Employees’ who work in a positive environment will actively become engaged and with employee engagement comes a positive culture. Company cultures will grow and develop, it’s a leader’s responsibility to plant the seed and encourage employees to work together and nurture it.
Find out how the Employee Engage App can help you encourage a better culture in your business.