Office culture is something that is mentioned by lots of organisations, especially when they are hiring. Today, we explore what office culture means, how office cultures differ globally and we’ll give you some top tips to help you create a positive workplace culture.
What is office culture?
Office culture (or workplace culture) is defined by lots of different elements, and it is something that can be quite difficult to expressly define. Your office culture is something that will develop organically, however, it’s also something that you should be actively working on.
Workplace culture is all about the environment you create for your teams, whether this is with office-based teams or remote teams. Your culture and how it affects your employees will play a big role in how happy your teams are.
So, what’s a workplace culture made up of? It’s the combination of leadership, values, beliefs, traditions, behaviours and attitudes that form the emotional and relational environment of your workplace.
Why is having a positive workplace culture important?
So, now we know what makes up workplace culture, let’s look at why it’s so important to have a positive culture.
- We spend more time per week at work than at home. So, it makes sense that your staff would want to work in an enjoyable environment. Having a positive workplace culture not only helps you to keep your talented staff, but it can also help when trying to attract new employees to join your team.
- A healthy and positive office culture allows you to foster a workplace where ideas are encouraged, and opportunities for personal and professional growth not only support your employees, but these growth opportunities also benefit the organisation as a whole.
- Healthy workplace culture will make your employees happy coming into the office or switching their computer on from home. Your employees feel part of the team and understand their purpose, therefore, levels of productivity are likely to increase.
- Workplace culture and financial performance are closely linked, with business leaders believing that workplace culture impacts how your employees perform and therefore how your business performs.
Workplace culture norms and how they differ globally
When we travel, we experience the richness of different cultures. However, if you travelled to different workplaces across the world, you’d also see suitable changes in workplace culture. Here are some of our favourite office culture examples from across the world:
In countries such as Israel, the working week runs from Sunday to Thursday so that workers are free to observe Shabbat, the Jewish Holy Day.
Workers in France are protected by a law called ‘Right to Disconnect’ which stipulates that most French employees don’t need to respond to emails out of office hours. This was a decision made solely for the well-being of the country’s workers.
Whereas in Japan, companies invite employees to take part in Radio taiso, a 15-minute exercise regime. It’s credited with building morale, reducing stress and creating a feeling of unity among employees.
In Sweden, coffee breaks are taken very seriously. Employees are encouraged to relax and enjoy a beverage with their colleagues. Fika, as it is called, is said to incite conversation and improve camaraderie among teams.
Top tips for creating a positive office culture
It’s easy to see why creating a positive culture is important, but how do you go about fostering this positive environment for your teams? Here are some elements to think about:
- Begin with gratitude – saying thank you only takes a couple of seconds but it can mean the world to your teams.
- Create a safe environment – this is vitally important if you want to create an environment where everyone has a say and innovation is encouraged.
- Consistency is key – revert back to your values and keep them front and centre for every decision you make. By reinforcing the values of your workplace culture, your teams will know you’re serious about creating a space that is a positive place to be.
- Encourage positive thinking and feedback – by encouraging a positive mindset and constructive feedback you are showing your employees that you are always looking to improve.
Interested in assessing your workplace culture and creating a healthy work environment for your team? Get in touch with team TBG today and we’ll guide you through the process.