A positive company culture is an advantage for both the employees and the organization.
Whether you decide to accept a job offer from a new employer or just start a new job, culture at work is one of the most important aspects of your career. The environment of your office or organization is so powerful that it can make or break your work experience and can lead to either long-term employment or, at worst, a rapid withdrawal from the labor market.
But what kind of thing defines or reflects a positive company culture?
Detailing is often a bit tricky, but there are some tangible and quantifiable factors to consider. They refer not only to the health of the company or workplace, but also to the way in which its team and employees interact, and thus, by implication, the level of happiness at work.
Here are the most important things to look for if your new employer is doing great:
- Long-term employees:Seniority and loyalty of employees are a strong indicator of company culture. Simply put, happy, engaged employees who are offered continued growth opportunities are more likely to stay with you.
- Not only colleagues, but friends as well:Great work environment is a good ground for true friends. When colleagues choose to spend time with each other, even outside the office, you know that the professional dynamics will be equally positive.
- Participation in the workplace:Companies support participation and provide positive and enjoyable ways for their employees to come together for personal and professional development activities, during regular business hours and outside the company. The success of the company culture is demonstrated by the level of participation of each employee. For example, if a company sponsored a charity or fundraising event on the weekend and most of the employees in the organization attended – willingly – that’s a very good sign!
- Transparency:Secrets and, in general, a lack of top-down communication create a culture of insecurity and uncertainty. Positive workplaces support the philosophy of transparency so that every team member feels they know where they are and where the company is headed!
- Clear message and values:A positive company culture has values that every employee knows by heart. These values and mission can be accessed and incorporated into all internal and external communications of the company.
- diversity:Diversity is embraced by large companies and organizations – diversity in hiring, diversity in thinking, diversity in approaches. This should be reflected in the teams and employees you interact with on a daily basis.
- Earnings are celebrated:Large companies have clear, iterative processes for learning about their employees’ accomplishments, at least monthly or weekly. This demonstrates a healthy company culture – it makes performance recognition a priority and conveys all the value that its employees bring.
- Leaders are visible and accessible:Employees support transparent, friendly, honest and trustworthy leaders in whom they invest. When the leaders of an organization are in the spotlight and available to everyone, a sense of ‘we are all together’ arises and employees feel comfortable about the goals they are working on.
- Comfortable and flexible workspaces:The type of environment—the physical space—in which employees work each day can determine how people feel at work. Comfortable and safe workplaces with facilities and benefits contribute greatly to boosting morale. The flexible schedule, telecommuting, and hybrid system suggest an attractive culture.
- Continuing Professional Development Opportunities:Job satisfaction is closely related to the opportunities employees have for growth, advancement, learning, promotion, and expansion of the skill set. Organizations with a strong infrastructure that supports employee growth – philosophically and literally using real resources and budgets – underscores their commitment to the professional development of every employee and fosters a strong sense of culture and community.
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