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What is Organisational Culture?

An organisation’s culture can be defined as its underlying beliefs, assumptions and values, and the ways in which they interact that create a unique social and psychological environment.

The organisation’s culture is a combination of its expectations, beliefs, philosophy and values. It can be expressed in members self-image, inner workings and interactions with the outside world. Culture is built on shared beliefs, customs, and written or unwritten rules that have been established over time and are valid.

culture in the workplaceIn the 1960s, awareness of organisational or corporate culture was first established in companies and universities. Corporate culture was first used in the 1980s. It became more widely known by 1990. Managers, sociologists, as well as other academics used the term corporate culture to describe the company’s character during these times. These included company-wide values, general beliefs and behavior, management strategies and communication strategies, employee relations and work environment, as well as attitude and work environment. The corporate culture would include the company’s origin myths through charismatic chief executives officers (CEOs), and visual symbols like logos, and trademarks.

Corporate culture had evolved beyond the founding, management and employees of a company to include national traditions and economic trends, country size and products.

Every company has a goal. We’re not talking here about quarterly KPIs. The fundamental idea that underpins your company is what we’re referring to. It is the reason why it was established in the first instance. The way you communicate this goal can have a huge impact on the company’s culture.

One of the main drivers of company culture is the general attitude of employees. It is important to understand the bigger picture, but it does not mean that you are able to foster a positive mindset. You can take proactive steps to help ensure that productivity and attitudes remain high.

  • Show appreciation for all your team members. It is easy to forget the little things when everyone is so busy. But a little appreciation can go a long way.
  • Find out what motivates your employees and give them the opportunities that they want. Employees will be more engaged if they have the opportunity to pursue their passions. This will help keep them healthy and happy. Even the most talented employees sometimes need support.
  • It doesn’t matter if it’s personal or professional, showing that you are there for your team when they need to you is one the most important things a leader could do.
  • Transparency is not only good for employees. Transparency in the workplace has a positive impact on the organisation as a whole and encourages employees to be engaged.
  • If you work across offices or with remote employees, outdated communication tools can make it difficult to communicate clearly. Your team should have a way to communicate with each other and share important information.
  • Healthy work cultures lead to happier employees and increased productivity. Your company’s values should be the basis of every policy you create. Consider values and ethics your destination. Your policies are the routes to get you there.

Your employees are the heart of your company. If they are unhappy, then other parts of your business will also suffer. A workplace that is happy, productive, and supports employees will not only help retain the best employees but also help to attract top talent.

Image is everything. The company’s culture can impact brand image. Customers will not buy if they hear that your organisation is a toxic workplace.

Increased efficiency: The company culture has an impact on productivity for all employees.

Teamwork can be improved: With a strong culture in the company, projects can be completed together with a better outcome.

Summary

Corporate culture refers to the beliefs, practices and values associated with a corporation. Corporate culture can be seen in how a company hires, promotes, and documents its corporate mission statement. Companies may seek to identify themselves with a set of values such as being “innovative” and “environmentally aware”.

Simply put, company culture is the collective ethos of an organisation. It is how people feel about their work, the values they hold dear, and where they see the company heading. These traits are collectively the company’s personality or culture.

The culture of a company can influence results from the top down. To learn more about Creating a Culture in your workplace contact our team for more information on our training and coaching.

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