Why workplace culture needs your full attention

We spend a lot of our lifetime working, don’t we!  And, we channel a lot of our energy into doing well at our jobs!

It makes sense to enjoy this time doesn’t it… love the work we do… have fun with our colleagues…  look forward to the day ahead.

If you do, there’s a very good chance you have a positive culture in your workplace.

Unfortunately, not all workplaces have a great culture and this can be very painful for those within it, the staff.

We’ve all heard about the many and varied impacts of poor culture, such as low levels of morale, productivity and performance; and, high levels of staff turnover, sick leave and behavioural issues.

For these reasons and more, many companies rank culture in their top two priorities along with finance.

And, culture has never been so widely accepted and used as a barometer for corporate success than today.

That is why workplace culture deserves your full attention!

Yes, we all work in an increasingly busy and cluttered world and have a lot of duties to perform in our respective roles.

But if you prioritise team culture, you will be amazed at the results.

You will find a good work-life balance, your performance and the support from your colleagues will elevate, and importantly, you will enjoy the countless hours of dedication to your job.

Over my next few blogs, I will provide tips and strategies from my eBook that you can employ in your workplace to create a positive team culture.

From training workshops to team activities to corporate events, I will present a myriad of simple strategies to ensure workplace culture gets the attention it deserves.

Before then, it is important to firstly understand what culture is and also how to identify a positive culture.

What is culture?

Your answer may be the feeling, the atmosphere or the vibe amongst your team members. And you would be right.

Scientifically speaking, any workplace behaviour that is enabled or rewarded consistently over time will become a habit. These collective habits in a group will create the culture.

For example, if some staff continually arrive late for work without repercussion, then you will see that behaviour continue and increase. This will negatively impact on the culture.

On the flip side, if someone regularly organises team building exercises to bring fun to the day, then others will follow. This will have a positive impact on the culture.

So just remember that the atmosphere in your workplace is heavily impacted by the collective habits in your workplace.

Change the habits, change the culture!

How to identify a positive team culture?

Here is a simple test I have created called FUMISH to help determine whether you have a positive team culture.

Ask yourself and some colleagues this question, and if the answer is yes, you have a positive team culture.

Is your work environment…

Friendly
Understanding
Motivating
Inspiring
Supportive
Happy

If the atmosphere in your workplace is FUMISH, it doesn’t mean it smells, it means it’s positive! And that’s exactly what you want!

My next blog will provide tips on how education and training can contribute to a positive team culture!

Dwain Richardson, Managing Director, Corporate Challenge Events

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