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Thank you for staying glued to our article weekly. We have been discussing strengths and weaknesses in the workplace in the past weeks; how they affect our performances and the kind of jobs that match weaknesses and strengths. Moving ahead from there, let’s discuss a very salient component of an organization that we most do not remember or even think it exists. We are discussing workplace culture.

Trust me, this is one thing that exists in different organizations, but we pay little or no mind to, but it affects our performance at work and even personal life. Quick question: do a self-evaluation as to how you approach situations now since you joined your organization and how you used, answer this sincerely. We are all different people and come from different places, backgrounds, had different experiences, have different ideologies and perceptions towards life and coming together in a workplace brings a mix of all of these and form the workplace culture, although, leadership and management mostly provide the direction of a workplace culture x. Being intentional about a workplace culture can never be overemphasized especially as it begins to affect the general performance of individuals within the organization.

A quote by Gary Vaynerchuk says, “company culture is the backbone of a successful organization.” Culture is the character and personality we bring to work and ultimately becomes the defining character of the organization. It is what brings distinction in your business and is the total of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviours and attitudes. It is what gives a new client, investor, or employee the will power to stay or leave or determine how long they will want to spend with you.

A workplace culture can either be positive or negative, there are no in-betweens. A positive workplace culture will fascinate talent, drive engagement, impact job fulfilment, passion and happiness and invariably affect performance. Workplace culture is the personality of the organization and leadership, management, workplace practices, communication, mission, vision, values, work environment, policies, people influence and impact the culture significantly.

Having a great work culture affects is important and affects work culture by;

  1. Attracts Talents: The quality of an organization is determined by the quality of its people. Richard Brandson opines in this quote saying, “create the kind of workplace and company culture that will attract great talent. If you hire brilliant people, they will make work feel more like play.” A strong, positive, clearly defined and well communicated culture attracts talent that fits.
  2. Drives Retention and Engagement: “Culture is what motivates and retains talented employees.” Betty Thompson. The workplace culture determines the game and attitude employees bring and give to work; the quality of service rendered to clients can greatly be influenced by workplace culture. The price of hiring employees is expensive implicitly and explicitly and having to consistently lose and hire staff can be daunting to the Human resource manager and one way to retain is driving a healthy workplace culture.
  3. Drives Passion in work and Job fulfilment: Employees who love what they do and are fulfilled by their job is greatly impacted by the existing workplace culture. A organization is best built in love than in fear.
  4. Enhances Organizational Reputation: Having a positive workplace creates a healthy and prestigious reputation for an organization and its employees. Employees easily discuss work and workplace with friends, acquaintances, and family and this can attract more businesses to the organization because word of mouth does a lot of magic for business.
  5.    Enhances Performance Quality: Employees who are passionate about where they work have a spring in their feet resuming to work and increases productivity. The work atmosphere is a great motivator that encourages everyone to invest in their work; trust me, even when you get your dream job in the area you are passionate about, a negative or unhealthy workplace drains all the energy and passion to give your best to the job. You soon find yourself looking for other opportunities and limit the creativity you even put in delivering tasks.

Organizations are formed to meet needs and solve problems by certain goals and objectives, and this leads to bringing individuals together on a common platform and motivating them to deliver their level best. It is expedient for the employees to enjoy the workplace for them to develop a sense of loyalty towards their work. This quote by Andrew Wilkinson sums it up, “Company culture is the continuous pursuit of the best, most talented and the happiest team we possibly can”. A great company culture loves to see its employees grow in every way especially in expertise in doing their job and that is why you should sign up for our Audited Financial Statement for Non-Accounting Executives training that is coming up in April. Visit afs4nae.21search.ng to sign up.

Until I come your way again, stay safe, work smart and not just hard.


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