How to create a positive workplace culture

How tocreate a positive workplace culture

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Positive workplace culture is about more than just how employees get on or after-work events. Workplace culture is about employee behaviour, the values of the company and how those values are translated into actions. 

Having a positive workplace culture is critical for recruitment, employee retention and getting the best work out of your team. 

Many experts and industry leaders argue that workplace culture is what separates the most successful companies from the rest of the pack.

However, the best workplace cultures are crafted and maintained, they don’t just spring into existence. 

To create a positive workplace culture you need to define clear strategies that will help you achieve it. 

There is no magical formula to get you the perfect workplace culture but there are some steps you can take and tools you can use to put you on the right path.

Define and communicate your values

Values are at the heart of any company’s culture. You should define which values reflect a positive culture and continuously communicate them to the workforce.

Your values should drive how your teams work. How they communicate with each other, how they interact with customers and how you recruit. Your values need to be crystal clear to everyone inside and outside of the company. 

Defining your values is a great first step, but the next step is to put those values into action and to get everyone’s buy-in on them.

Align employees with your vision

Companies that know what their goals are, can better align employees with those goals, as well as their company’s vision.

This alignment helps people cultivate a sense of professional purpose for every employee and the company. 

Having a sense of purpose at work is critical to employee satisfaction and helps build a sense of team with everyone working together to move in the same direction. 

Every person’s job in the company should be clearly linked to the company’s vision. Taking the time to explain that link can be helpful when new employees join or when existing employees switch roles. 

This gives employees a sense of belonging that will motivate them to strive for more. Engaged employees are more efficient, enthusiastic, and are willing to do their best to help you succeed.

Promote social interaction

Strong relationships at work are very important for building a positive culture. Encourage your employees to take breaks and talk to one another. Taking breaks throughout the day is essential to mood and concentration, and they can help build a sense of team.

Social interaction not only helps build a better culture but it allows ideas and opportunities to develop to flow around a company. Facilitating places for this to happen could be a great way to foster a positive workplace culture. 

Giving time to your employees to relax and connect with each other is a great way to keep them motivated and productive.

Give employees a voice

The healthiest and most productive cultures are the ones where employees feel free to share their feedback. Let them raise concerns, ask questions and express their feelings and needs.

Some employers neglect the importance of opening the line to two-way workplace communications. Let them have a say.


Show recognition

Genuine recognition for your employees’ output, talents, and contributions is also crucial. Recognising accomplishments and praising your team members when deserved can have a big impact on your company’s culture. 

Actions speak louder than words. Having a great company culture on paper is ok, but in order for it to be put into action, you need to reward actions. Appreciate and reward great work that aligns with your culture. This will boost employee morale and motivate them to perform even better in the future.

Offer opportunities for growth

Employees thrive and performance increases when you prioritise professional development.

Providing opportunities for internal learning and knowledge sharing is also key, especially with new hires. 

If your goal is to have a happy culture, you need to give employees a workplace and work that they find fulfilling.

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How to create a positive workplace culture

Positive workplace culture is about more than just how employees get on or after-work events. Workplace culture is about employee behaviour, the values of the company and how those values are translated into actions.