Company culture is more than just a buzz-word; it’s the driving force behind an organisation. We’re exploring the concept of company culture, how it influences employee motivation, and the positive effects it can have on employee wellbeing and performance.
The term ‘company culture’ encompasses the shared values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours that define an organisation and its people. While it might feel intangible, company culture has a profound impact on how employees feel, think, and act within an organisation.
Defining Company Culture
Company culture reflects the collective personality of an organisation. It reflects the company’s values, mission, and vision, and is can be expressed through various means, including:
- Core Values: These are the fundamental principles that guide the company’s actions, and shape the way staff at every level behave and operate.
- Work Environment: The physical atmosphere in the workplace, including the office layout, dress code, and communication style.
- Leadership Style: The behaviour and approach of management staff in the company. For example, leader who promotes open communication and collaboration can foster a culture of trust and transparency.
- Employee Interactions: How people interact with one another, including team collaboration, social events, and inclusivity initiatives.
- Recognition and opportunities for advancement: This includes how people are recognised for their efforts in the workplace, and given the opportunity to upskill and advance themselves.
But how can a positive company culture impact employee motivation?
Shaping employee motivation
A positive company culture can be a huge motivator. When employees feel that their work aligns with the company’s values and mission, they are more likely to be motivated to excel. A culture that acknowledges and appreciates employees’ efforts with incentives can drive employees to perform at their best.
Even more importantly, people who feel supported, empowered and valued by their employer are naturally more motivated to perform well for that employer. In the long term, this allows companies to create a thriving, team-based working environment.
Supporting employee wellbeing
Employee wellbeing is closely tied to company culture. A culture that prioritises work-life balance and mental can significantly improve employees’ overall wellbeing.
Inclusivity and diversity efforts within a company’s culture also contribute to employee wellbeing. When employees feel included and valued regardless of their background, they experience less stress and enjoy a sense of belonging.
Encouraging employee performance
A positive company culture can elevate employee performance. When employees are engaged and motivated, they are more likely to be productive and innovative. Moreover, a culture that encourages continuous learning and development can lead to skill enhancement and improved performance over time.
Company culture is not just a catchy phrase; it’s a powerful tool that shapes employee motivation, wellbeing, and performance. At Indigo, we make company culture a daily habit in your organisation by making it easier for employees to connect, collaborate and learn from each other. Find out how.