Work culture is something which tells about company’s ethics, values, beliefs and policies. These are the major factors that drive employee satisfaction. In the era of millennials, money has stopped being the motivating factor and now the workforce is not been compelled by the materialistic benefits. An individual prefers a company based on its employer branding who takes care of their employees. A good employee experience creates employer branding and it is attained by creating a good working culture for the employees.
What does a good work culture mean? A preferred work culture is something where well being of the employees is the priority and the environment has a positive vibe in it which allows smooth functioning of the day to day work. This helps in boosting the morale of the employees and also increases employee satisfaction which prevents employee turnover. Some companies have a formula that says employees work really well under pressure and cut throat work load. Maybe the formula works and employees do give their best but there comes several consequences with it. It costs much more than you think. Employees working under extreme pressure will surely neglect their health that will lead to health issues that will cost company huge amount and this will also result in less productivity and absenteeism because of bad health that will also incur losses. Therefore, workplace stress is neither good for employees nor for company and it creates tension which disturbs the preferred work culture.
A good and helpful leader is also the major factor in creating a good work place. There are instances, where the senior or the team leader is unable to guide and mange his/her team properly. There are communication barriers, no proper assignment of work and no appreciation on the good work. This creates a sense of frustration among employees because their work is not being respected and there is no scope for development. Employee expects the culture where the colleagues and the leader inspire each other, instead of blaming each other for mistakes everyone should focus on rectifying it and treating one another with respect, gratitude and integrity irrespective of the position. This creates loyalty among employees towards the organization which will motivate them to work harder for the betterment of the organization. A loyal employee will create loyal customers which in turn creates loyal stakeholders. As Richard Branson said, “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to”.
As a leader, you have got the responsibility to make the workplace desirable for working. Firstly, there should be no communication barrier at the workplace which mostly creates confusion. This prevents the employees from conveying their problems faced by them in the organization that might cause a disaster if not solved and most of the time company loses its valuable employees because of this only barrier. Secondly, allow people at your workplace to have a positive professional bonding with each other that keeps them motivated to come to the office and work. If you don’t have people around to talk to, it causes mental stress and depression which will affect the work. So it is important to have a good team relation to work efficiently and in a healthier way. Lastly, you should be a human being first. Always have empathy towards your employees because you never know what goes in an individual’s personal life, so one should be kind enough to understand their problem. If you go out of your way and help them, they will definitely go extra for you and your company.
Many companies try to provide material benefits like bonuses, extra wages etc to keep employees happy and neglect the fact of maintaining a positive and healthy working environment. Always respect the fact that your employees do have a personal life, so provide flextime and work from home benefits and also some time offs to keep them charged and enthusiastic. According to a survey, employees prefer workplace well being over salary benefits, so focus on satisfaction not compensation.