Do you arrive to work on Monday morning with a smile on your face? Do you genuinely enjoy the company of your colleagues? Do you have a clear career purpose? If you answered yes to these questions then you probably work in a healthy workplace environment. No longer are employees willing to work 9-5 at a job with fellow employees they do not like nor respect. As the majority of modern jobs demand far more time than the traditional 8 hours a day, it is understandable that employees expect that more of their human needs be met in their workplace. Companies with great workplace culture should not be the exception, they should be the rule! Compare your workplace with these 9 indicators to see if you are working within a healthy workplace culture.
1. Communication is strong
Communication is healthy and constant between members of your team and through different levels of the organisation. If there are new changes implemented everyone knows about them and are not left stranded on the day of a presentation or just before a deadline.
2. People speak positively of one another
There is nothing more destructive to a healthy corporate culture than malicious gossip. The way team members talk about each other is usually a mirror of the way leaders talk about their employees behind their backs, thus making it a lot easier to quell negative dialogue if you have a mature, kind leader. However, you have the power to change the tone of your team on an individual level by refusing to involve yourself in gossip. Great teams feel completely natural complimenting one another. If there is a dispute between two employees it is dealt with one on one or with the boss, it is not knowledge of the whole team.
3. Feedback is provided regularly
Essential to any healthy workplace is regular feedback by management on how individuals are progressing in their role. Feedback should be far more regular than the traditional one-yearly performance review. Regular feedback is like a ‘pulse check’ assessing the health of the individual components of the team.
4. Staff retention is high
When people have been there for years without any intention of leaving it indicates that staff understand how great their workplace is. While people in leadership positions may not want to leave even in poor workplace cultures, entry-level or mid-level longevity is a good sign that something is going right. Particularly in retail, hospitality and IT where turnover is traditionally high.
5. Leadership encourages mobility
A leader who is insecure of their position is likely to sabotage attempts by staff to climb the corporate ladder, creating a stifling, inflexible workplace. If your boss encourages upward movement you are probably working in an enviable workplace.
6. Staff spend time together outside the office
If employees genuinely like each other enough to spend time outside of the office then it is a good sign that you have a healthy workplace culture. A good way to encourage friendliness between employees is to have lunch together, plan after work drinks on a Friday and restrict the amount you are allowed to talk about work! I’ve known co-workers who lived together abiding by a rule that if they talked about work outside of the office they had to assemble part of an IKEA bed as punishment… highly motivating!
7. Humour is encouraged and commonplace
If you know your are going to have a good laugh each time you go into work then you’re probably not dreading Monday morning as much as the next person. Humor and friendly chats between employee should be encouraged, not only does it make the workplace far more enjoyable to be in but also stimulates creativity and allows workers to complete tasks in a fraction of the. Our minds work most effectively when we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves.
8. Everyone feels they have a purpose
Having a purpose is deeply important for each human being. It is vital for your organization that every single person to have a clear goal. If your employee wants to be a leader, provide a path for them and check how they are progressive along it. You will get far better work from them and they will feel more motivated. Everyone in your company should be striving towards the same ultimate goal, but the individual paths of your employees should be understood, acknowledged and encouraged.
9. People want to be apart of your team
A good indicator that you have a great workplace culture is when people want to join your team, even if you don’t offer the most competitive salary. It shows that your employees, perhaps unconsciously, are advertising your company as something special. As a result, having a great workplace culture ensures that you get the best new hires.