The term “Work Culture” describes the qualities of a work environment. Culture includes a variety of factors, including company mission, values, ethics, expectations, goals, communication methods and physical environment. Some organisations have a formal management style, whilst others have a casual workplace without many rules and regulations.
In many ways, culture is like personality, being made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, interests, experiences, upbringing, and habits of members of the group. It is the behaviour that results when a group settles on a set of, usually unspoken and unwritten, rules for working together.
Culture is especially influenced by the organisation’s owner, directors, and other managers, because of their roles in decision-making and strategy, although every employee has an impact on the culture at their workplace.
Culture can be represented in an organisation’s language, decision making, behaviour in meetings, symbols, stories and daily work practices. It is a powerful force shaping work enjoyment, work relationships, and work processes.
A company will be most successful if it has a positive culture, where employees feel able to be themselves, enjoy being at work and feel part of a team that is doing something worthwhile.
ForHR can help you identify your company’s culture and make sure it is a positive one.
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