Corporate Work Culture and It’s Importance
Importance of corporate work culture and why it should not be diluted
Every organization whether it is a small industry or a large corporation has a specific work culture. An organization’s work culture defines its identity. The way of doing business is perceived by both, the employees who comprise the organization as well as its clients and customers. The values and beliefs of an organization contribute to the brand image of the organization.
The work culture depends on the values and the attitude of employees in that particular organization which make its own organizational culture. Thus, organizational work culture refers to the principles and values that the individuals of an organization share and hence is a determining factor in the success of the organization. Healthy corporate culture improves the performance of a business in different areas.
An employee of any company spends approximately 8-10 hours of the day at the workplace. Thus the culture of the organization deeply affects the lives of the employees professionally as well as personally. A shared organizational culture helps to unite employees of different demographics. A working organization comprises of people which come from different backgrounds, families, and traditions and have their own cultures. Having a shared culture at the workplace gives them a sense of unity and understanding towards one another, promoting better communication and fewer conflicts. Organizational culture helps to keep the employees motivated and loyal to the management of the organization. If employees view themselves as a part of their organization’s culture, they are more eager to want to contribute to the entity’s success. A higher sense of accomplishment is felt by the employees for being a part of an organization they care about and work harder. A shared organizational culture also promotes equality by ensuring no employee is neglected at the workplace and making sure that everyone is treated equally.
Why should the corporate work culture of an organization not be diluted?
An undisciplined work culture in any organization leads to the unethical environment which hinders the business. In an undisciplined work culture, managers are unethical and hence employees will emulate the bad behavior. Eventually, the unethical environment will hinder business. For example, if managers take credit for the subordinate’s work, some employees will start to imitate the behavior. The employees which abide by honesty will also begin to protect themselves by hiding their work from their colleagues and supervisors. The resulting lack of teamwork and collaboration will limit the company’s potential. In contrast, if managers model ethical behavior for employees and reward good behavior, the positive corporate culture will instill how ethical behavior makes good business sense and helps everyone succeed.
One can make out that a culture is unhealthy when, the employees act as individuals, performing their duties to meet their own needs, such as the paycheck or health benefits. If a company’s work culture rewards employees who pursue personal advantage rather than focus on contributing to the performance of the entire team, employees might overstep ethical boundaries to go ahead. For example, suppose a manager rewards top performers without analyzing how they achieved their results. Some employees might use unethical methods to move ahead, such as stealing other’s ideas. Once a few dishonest employees prosper in this way, the rest of the employees will soon see that stealing others’ ideas is an effective way to move up in your company.
In those corporate cultures where honest discussions are discouraged allow the unethical behavior to spread unimpeded. Instead, a company should encourage employees to report unethical behavior before it becomes a widespread problem. The fact is if the unethical behavior among the staff as well as a sense of a negative culture is noticed, it can be assumed that these two are connected. The leaders should take steps to turn the negative culture towards a positive one, and much of the unethical behavior will cease.
Why Care About Your Company Culture?
The work culture of a company is the formula and the BLUEPRINT that provides guidelines, boundaries and expectations for your team and your customers, and is the primary platform to inspiring and motivating your people, and is the most powerful resource you have to attract, recruit, hire and retain the highest level of talent to your business.