Drive A Better Workplace Culture.
Every leader should want to drive a positive, inclusive, safe and open workplace culture.
If leaders do not want to achieve or don’t see why it’s important, they cannot and should not be in a position of leadership for they are not a leader.
So whose responsibility, is it?
The responsibility for ensuring a positive workplace culture should be a shared passion, with everyone in the company playing a crucial role, from Leadership to individual employees. However, it is the leadership that holds the key to unlocking the full potential of a workplace that celebrates employee well-being, open communication and positive collaboration.
Leadership sets the tone and provides the resources necessary to cultivate a positive culture, igniting a fire within the company, that is both motivating and inspiring. Naturally, leaders lead by example, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to a positive workplace culture and exhibiting the behaviours they wish to see in others. Moreover, they must be dedicated to continuous improvement, regularly seeking feedback and making changes to sustain and enhance the culture.
A positive workplace culture is the heart and soul of a company. It is its “Inner Brand”. and is it’s one true reflection and the ultimate acid test for any leadership team.
The Good and the Bad
Consistency is critical and it is the responsibility of everyone within a company to act as custodians and guardians of a workplace and its culture although this can only be achieved if employees are enabled through an open, respected and value-driven company culture.
The benefits of strong leadership that create and sustains a positive workplace culture include:
- Skyrocketing employee morale and satisfaction
- Unbridled productivity and creativity
- A magnetic attraction to top talent
- A glowing brand reputation and image
- Unmatched collaboration, teamwork and open communication.
What is the impact of poor, self-serving leadership?
Conversely, a negative workplace culture can have a devastating impact on employee morale, productivity, and overall job satisfaction. These negative consequences include:
- Mass employee turnover
- Devastatingly low employee morale and job satisfaction
- Drastically decreased productivity and creativity
- A tarnished brand reputation and image
- A complete lack of trust and collaboration within the workplace.
If poor leadership exists, it needs to be replaced.
Poor leadership that goes unaddressed can be a disease that slowly eats away at the heart of your workplace culture, leaving behind a wake of unhappy employees, diminished productivity, and a tarnished reputation.
Leadership plays a pivotal role in shaping workplace culture, but creating and maintaining a positive work environment requires the shared passion and effort of all parties involved. With a focus on continuous improvement and a commitment to supporting employees, companies can build a workplace culture that leads to success for all and ignites a fire within the company that burns.