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.
Who’s responsible for workplace culture?
The responsibility for ensuring a positive workplace culture should be a shared passion, with everyone in the company playing a crucial role, from the leadership to the individual. 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. Moreover, they must be dedicated to continuous improvement, regularly seeking feedback and making changes to sustain and enhance the culture.
Consistency is critical and it is the responsibility of everyone within a company to act as custodians and guardians of the workplace and its culture, although this can only be achieved if employees are enabled through an open, respected and value-driven environment.
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.
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.
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.