Despite some improvements in happiness levels among the UK workforce, The Independent reveals that nearly half are still set on searching for new jobs. And the biggest culprit? Poor management.
Poor management is an expensive weakness that can cost companies lost productivity and high turnover rates, and is the root cause of bad company cultures. But what does a good company culture look like, and why is it important in building an environment that is healthy and supportive of employees — regardless of rank and position? Let's take a closer look.
Company culture is the heart and soul of any organisation, as it's responsible for setting the tone of the environment for everyone to work in. Having a good one means that the organisation's mission, vision, ethical practices, and attitudes are properly instilled. This is why a key manifestation of an effective company culture is shared values between managers and their employees.
As our Family Global Mobility Manager Polly Collingridge has previously shared here on our blog, a sense of belonging is crucial for an individual's identity to shine in a community setting. Company culture can strengthen this feeling by fostering shared values, as this helps unify all workers into one team. For employees, good company culture can mean the difference between being passionate and apathetic in accomplishing their everyday tasks.
With this in mind, there is a myriad of workplace benefits that a company can reap from an effective organisational culture. Here are three of the biggest ones:
Employees will be more invested in their work
While it's essential to have employees who are fast and diligent workers, your company can benefit even more from ones who understand and care about the business' success. When employees are truly engaged in accomplishing their individual tasks, and not simply working due to an obligation, they will be committed to understanding and accomplishing the company's collective goals.
This kind of engagement thrives in a workplace with good company culture, as practices like prioritising employee morale and collaboration will help employees feel like valued members of the team. After all, employees are the backbone of any organisation. You can strengthen employee engagement by simply acknowledging the time and effort poured out, as this can encourage an employee to step up to the role of a key team player, and not just someone on the bench.
Employee turnover rates are lower
One of the direct effects of good company culture is an increased employee retention rate and a reduced turnover rate. This is because employees will feel they're in a healthy and stable work environment that's conducive to their growth, and will therefore have less inclination to leave. However, it's important to note that not all employee turnover is bad. No matter how stringent your recruitment processes or proactive your leaders are, the fact of the matter is that not all employees will be the right fit for your company.
Therefore, whether voluntary or involuntary, turnover is common, and the rates depend on the industry. If your industry is known to have low turnover rates, but your company has a high one, then Comeet’s Barry Lenson recommends looking at internal factors that could be the reason, such as lack of opportunities or uncompetitive pay. Despite being a normal part of organisational life, it's best to have low turnover rates if you can help it, as this will not only save on hiring and training costs, but employees will also become more active team members.
Employees will perform better
Did you know that poor employee engagement can have costly effects on the company? The Harvard Business Review’s Emma Seppälä reports that companies with low employee engagement scores are less likely to have productive workers, job growth, and a good profit margin. This is mainly because a negative working environment can greatly lower the morale, and can, in turn, affect the quality of their work.
When thinking about employee performance and company culture, it’s important to understand that shaping effective team members goes beyond their training period, as they must feel motivated to perform their duties and achieve their goals every single day. The sense of belonging that's fostered in good company culture can encourage employees to always deliver to the best of their abilities. When employees feel connected to their roles and responsibilities, they won't shy away from exerting more effort into the work they produce.
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Our working life solutions include services to help with the logistics of childcare and care for the elderly along with a programme of talks which deal with the emotional side of life as a working parent or carer. For more details take a look at our services for businesess.
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