Workplace culture is one of the most elusive yet important aspects of any organization. It depends, in large part, on the people who work for you, so you'll never have complete control over it. It responds collectively at times and individually at others and so remains difficult to influence. Free and expensive actions alike can impact it, meaning that its monetary costs are unclear.
And yet culture is often the key factor determining why talented and hard-working people remain with organizations that may be otherwise challenging places. It is frequently synonymous with employee job satisfaction and can have strikingly positive reverberations when it comes to customer retention and a company's bottom line. By the same token, a unsatisfying culture can end up costing an organization alarming amounts in lost productivity, negative reputation, and poor recruiting ability.
What, then, are employers to do when it comes to shaping these intangible workplace cultures that their employees engage with day-in and day-out, year after year?
One place to start is by downloading The Culture eBook: How to identify, evaluate, and improve your workplace culture. In this valuable resource, you'll become acquainted with the ways that rules, traditions, and personalities come together to form an organization's culture. Then you'll learn to evaluate how effectively these cultural building blocks are working in your organization by answering questions like:
- Is your culture defined and understood by your employees?
- Is your culture conducive to the long-term success of your business?
- Is your culture aligned with the mission of your organization?