Organizational culture is not some abstract notion that we can ignore when it comes to businesses. Behind fancy buildings and offices, there are many worlds with their own rules and habits. Organization’s culture is like the air we breed, you can’t see it, but it’s always there, keeping us alive and nurturing our energy and drive.
Creating a positive culture takes time and involves building on positive values, making an effort to convert these values into to daily actions and behaviors. For example, cultivating a culture of recognition requires empowerment communication, supportive feedback and keeping recognition a part of the workflow.
To shape a positive culture we need to engage employees. According to Gallup’s report on Employee Engagement, worldwide engaged employees regard their lives more highly and experience more positive emotions. Also, the same report confirms that employee engagement’s drives growth.
Recognizing and reinforcing people’s achievements, no matter how small or great, will strengthen a culture of encouragement and create synergy.
These supporting and encouraging words have a positive impact on people. If we constantly practice this with our colleagues and customers, at some point it will grow up to be a habit.
Using tools like rewarding high performers, celebrating success, honest and open communication regarding business’s obstacles, will most likely grow loyalty among employees. People’s relationships with management will become more personal, instead of creating their own biased perspective on business’s future.
In order to develop and retain talents, we need to build a positive organizational culture. To avoid employee’s disengagement and low productivity rates we need to provide a safe and encouraging work environment and set up a clear communication process. This will lead us to have a sense of trust and belonging and obviously to business success.
Of course, the practices and procedures evolve over time, but, if we get the basics right, will have a chance to grow a great business with people that enjoy working with each other.
The core of Positive Culture is honest and transparent communication.
Shaping a positive organizational culture might not be so difficult if we try to implement simple communication tools. These are some blueprints that will help as putting in place a transparent communication across organization: