Office culture or work culture holds huge values in terms of the environment that relates to a Corporation. It is known as ‘Culture’ as it varies from a company to another company. Obviously, in alliance with the goal of the firm and ways of handling work. It holds or must hold values of discipline, professionalism and organisational behaviour. Ironically, that’s why it is part of the behaviour management strategies. A sound office culture means the employee working in the organisation are humble, down-to-earth, safe from any hate and work in alliance with the vision & goal of the company. This is irrespective of any other particular agenda. Obviously, the environment should be friendly and attractive with all the facilities that should be available in an office that should comfort employees and their moods at work.
It’s important for the employees to align their goals with the goals of the company for much improved productivity levels. Dynamically, the values attached to productivity levels are dependent on work culture in more than one ways. A company culture is a combination of values, beliefs and behaviours of everyone in the office, i.e. both management & employees. Hence, it is also reflective of your company’s overall goals. Why it is a reflection of company’s goals? Is simply because it shows the motivation of higher management towards their goals and how they value and respect those goals.
Here are some ways in which an office culture can be improved;
AN ENVIRONMENT OF GRATITUDE & THANKFULNESS FOR EACH OTHER:
A key think that holds valuable importance in a successful work culture is gratitude and being thankful to each other. Ironically, the employees working in the company are not working for each other, but for the goals of the company. Still, there needs to be gratitude and humbleness along with being thankful and appreciation for each other. Appreciation for each other creates good vibes in terms of team work and dedication. Along with these two emotions it creates sense of responsibility, accomplishment & commitment in an individual.
INVESTING IN FINANCIAL WELLNESS:
A huge 65% of the employees suffer from financial stress, i.e. not having a sound financial position in the company. Financial wellness creates a healthy working environment automatically, and improves the behaviours of employees, while they work for their goals.
However, on the other hand a financial stress creates hindrances in productivity levels, creates disturbances and increases the health care costs. If employee productivity is the bottom line than the focus should be employee motivation through incentives, perks and financial wellness of employees.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF A WORK-LIFE BALANCE:
The management should acknowledge that ‘Work-Life balance’ is highly valuable for an employee to stay focused mentally. The office culture shouldn’t in any way make employees workaholics, even if they are willing to become one. This is necessarily very important if employees have to manage their working hours and stay with the 9-5 corporate timings.
A balance in timings also indicates that you should come on time and go on time. Hence, ‘Timeliness’, can be the perfect setting for an employee if they have consistency and determination at work. This is similar to the battery of your phone that needs charging, every time it’s fully discharged. Charging your batteries is the most wanted approach, if you need to be fresh the very next day.
ALIGNMENT OF THE OFFICE CULTURE WITH THE COMPANY’S GOALS:
Aligning the office culture with the company’s goals is mandatory as a culture must be made according to the company’s milestones & agendas. Attaining every milestone will definitely improve your mental satisfaction levels.
However, still at the end of the day, to keep improving at work, one should care for the motivation levels & the attitudes. In most cases a positive attitude is a huge means of success for future.
EMPLOYEES FEEDBACK AT WORK:
A very important part of improving and understanding your office culture is to gather feedback from employees regards to their interpersonal relationships in a company. As a matter of fact, without any employee’s feedback, it can be practically difficult to know how well the employees are gelling together.
An excellent office culture is highly dependent upon the way members of the team working in a company interact & gel with each other. These mutual interactions since the start of the employee’s career in that particular company matters a great deal in future.