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Creating Culture in the Workplace

Many people talk about culture, but it is often difficult to define. In many ways, it is like a personality made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, interests, experiences and habits that create a person’s behavior. Although you cannot see it, culture in the workplace is the environment that surrounds you all of the time. It shapes your work enjoyment, your work relationships, and your work processes.

Employees are motivated and most satisfied when their needs and values are consistent with those in their workplace culture. In fact, creating an environment where associates feel welcomed, heard and empowered could be the key to an employee’s success in an organization. What type of culture exists in your workplace and how can your company determine what works best for its employees?

A competitive culture

A competitive culture is exactly what it sounds like. People who hope to rise quickly in the ranks are often attracted to this type of organization. They will, at any cost, knock out weaker individuals in the company for their own personal gain. This cut-throat type of atmosphere can be very intimidating and may cause some people to ultimately seek other employment.

A hands-off culture

Dissimilarly, a culture that does not put emphasis on pressuring its employees or are not highly results-driven are known as being hands-off. Managers in this type of organization tend not to micromanage their associates or check in to see if they are thriving on the job. There is often a communication gap between management and employees, and this type of leadership style and company culture can lead to mediocrity in performance.

A collaborative culture

A collaborative culture encourages managers to put the needs of their employees first, while still maintaining the goals of the company. In these types of companies, the education and growth of employees is celebrated along with their accomplishments. Managers engage and connect with their staff while encouraging co-workers to cheer on their peers. Many people who prosper with feedback and support will be drawn to companies with a collaborative culture.

Find a culture sweet spot

After reading through these examples, it may be very easy for you to determine which culture is best for you. But for some this may be a challenge. Do you want to be part of an organization that offers fun perks such as air hockey tournaments or a kitchen full of delicious snacks? Are you more interested in a workplace that allows you to work remotely?

These questions are limitless and are different for everyone. In the end, it is up to you to ask yourself what types of environment will empower you to thrive and be successful in the long run?

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