How to Develop Workplace Culture

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Create and elevate a healthy, robust and resilient workplace culture centred on your values, attitudes and beliefs.

Develop Workplace Culture

Companies that find themselves at the top of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work ... foster a culture that inspires innovation, dedication, and enthusiasm among employees.

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Nobody needs ping-pong tables, yoga sessions or barista-served coffee. These may fall into the ‘nice to have’ category. But, what people really need is great leadership, strong team relationships and a belief that they belong within your organisation.

Investment in your workplace culture – your people-infrastructure – is just as important as investment in your physical or technology infrastructure. It is only with the right people in the right roles, in an environment where they can perform at their best, that your teams can meet your organisation’s objectives.

For workplace culture to thrive, organisations should focus on the three elements of their people strategy:

  • Recruitment
  • Development
  • Retention

Recruit well to create a strong workplace culture

Hiring the right leaders and team members is crucial to the harmony of your workplace. Get it wrong and you risk causing permanent damage.Take stock of how and who you recruit. Are you following a decades-old process, still using the same job descriptions and the same interview questions? Are hiring decisions made on gut feel and a ‘you remind me of me’ approach?

Accurate assessment based on robust benchmarking is a game-changer when it comes to hiring the right people who will align with the culture you want to achieve. It helps to break away from selecting the ‘same old-same old’ and encourages diversity and inclusion to flourish. Assessment results help HR and line managers to better understand a new hire’s preferred working and learning style. This enables them to put in place a bespoke onboarding plan which boosts the chances of your great new hire becoming a long-term and loyal asset.

Invest in your people to develop their potential

Who are your best people? Not just the headlining top performers, but also those who consistently turn up on time, do the low-profile but necessary jobs and keep the wheels turning. It’s easy to be distracted by the star turns who shine in the limelight, but your workplace culture is dependent on everyone feeling that they belong, they matter and they are valued.

Of course, not everyone wants to climb the management ladder, but most will want to grow, feel fulfilled and develop their potential. To achieve a workplace culture which benefits everyone, it’s important to follow a development strategy that is accessible to all.

Naturally this requires investment. But, if diversity and inclusion are among your objectives, this is where you start. Developing homegrown talent is cost-effective and presents a lower risk. With careful planning, support and regular review you’ll see a solid return on your investment.

Retain your talent with a positive workplace culture

People stay where they feel they belong and have purpose. It’s therefore up to the employer to create a workplace culture which is inclusive, encourages its people to grow and strives to ensure that work does not have a negative impact on the well-being of its people. And, most importantly, demonstrates this commitment through its actions, not platitudes.

Organisations can achieve this by promoting the right people, be committed to a benchmarked succession planning strategy and understand the reward/recognition needs of all its people.

Transform your workplace culture with Holst

Transforming, or perhaps just tweaking, your workplace culture need not be a daunting task. By breaking it down into the three elements of recruit, develop and retain, it becomes a cycle for success, bringing flow to organisational strategy which elevates long-term productivity.

Talk to us about how Holst helps organisations to create workplace cultures that are fit for the future.

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