Workplace culture is the environment that you create for your employees. It plays a powerful role in determining their work satisfaction, relationships and progression. Every organisation poses a workplace culture that will naturally form and sometimes to the detriment of the organisation. Allowing negative behaviors and toxic attitudes to fester will cultivate an unfavorable work experience. However, by being intentional with your core values and culture initiatives, you can create a positive workplace culture that will inspire your team and help your organization thrive.
One of the ways to remain sustainable as a non-profit organisation is to invest in Human Resources. It is the first step into building the capacity of your organisation.
The benefits of a good workplace culture:
- Increased employee engagement
- Increased productivity
- It encourages loyalty in employees
- It transforms individuals in the organisation into a team
- Impacts performance and employee wellbeing.
One thing most organisations lack is employee loyalty due to the known fact that salaries in the civil society community are not on the same scale as private sector and government, but that is a discussion for another day. This is why it becomes more important for non-profit organisations to develop a good workplace culture.
This is how to create a positive workplace culture:
- Set clear goals
- Promote the organization’s values, missions and visions
- Promote diversity and inclusivity
- Allow for humor
- Prioritize respect
- Allow staff to be comfortable and look casual once in a while
- Strategically move away from traditional office rules
Beyond the written policies of the organisation, management has a hand in developing a workplace culture. It is important to invest in creating a positive workplace culture in order to see organisation grow.