Organizations across the globe now consider organizational culture as one of the most critical contributing factors responsible for consistent business growth. So, we came up with an essential guide to building a great organizational culture – hope you find it useful
It is well-known that every organization is different and boasts of a unique workplace culture.
Organizational culture is a combination of underlying beliefs, values, assumptions, and methods of interaction that help create the desired social and psychological environment in an organization.
Put in simple words, it can be defined as the cumulative result of experiences, expectations, philosophies, behaviors, and the workings of individual members and groups in the workforce.
The first step toward building an organizational culture is to understand its linkage to all other aspects of the organization.
Also, it is important that the organization’s culture needs to change and evolve constantly along with the business changes.
However, a few common key characteristics of a good organizational culture remain constant over time.
The most important of these characteristics are as follows:
Organizational culture is based on attention to detail to make employees aware of what is expected of them at work.
Hence. this enables employees to gain a better understanding of the desired behavior, values, and philosophies.
It shapes how they communicate and interact with their peers and superiors.
A successful organizational culture needs to be result-oriented rather than being focused on structure and process.
This offers greater freedom and flexibility to employees to drive desired results and improve overall efficiency.
Such a culture is more successful in a changing business environment than those that are extremely rigid and formal as they focus less on the methods used and more on the outcomes.
A work culture that prioritizes the happiness and satisfaction of employees tends to result in boosting business growth.
In such organizations, treating all employees with dignity and respect forms an integral part of everyday working.
Organizations should value employees not only for their skills and knowledge but as individuals with unique qualities and aspirations.
Promoting a sense of teamwork among the members of the workforce is another important characteristic of good work culture.
It should help to develop a deep emotional connection between the employees and the organization.
Every member of the workforce should feel like being an equally important member of an extended family.
This will motivate them to improve their performance and make an even greater contribution to business growth and success.
Every employee within an organization seeks some assurance about having a stable career.
A work culture that fulfills this basic need of employees helps boost their engagement levels and improve their overall job satisfaction.
Hence. organizations need to base their workplace culture on growth-oriented corporate values.
This paves the way for consistent career growth and hence guarantees career stability for the employees.
Building a great culture requires leaders to establish shared beliefs and values; and communicate the same to the workforce effectively.
Hence, they need to use the right methods and strategies to reinforce and communicate the values.
Successful organizations have leaders who live their organization’s culture and set the right precedence among employees.
So, organizations should use innovative methods to communicate their cultural identity to all employees.
Organizational culture can deeply influence critical business metrics such as productivity, employee engagement, and commitment. That is why organizations need to work towards developing a great organizational culture that matches their business values and objectives.
This is an essential guide to building a great organizational culture.
Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked in companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn
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