How corporate culture affects employee engagement

Corporate culture is essential to the success and sustainability of any organization, as it leads employees through engagement initiatives to foster satisfaction and effective interpersonal relationships. Employees who are more satisfied and engaged in their workspaces have a positive impact on their roles and work culture through their daily actions, as they have a well-balanced work ethic and a commitment to the goals of the organization. .

While perks and rewards are important factors in boosting engagement, they’re not the only ones. The organizational environment should encourage each member to achieve excellence in all activities.

Collaboration vs competition

While competition is not inherently bad, it can prevent reaching an employee’s potential because it is ultimately disruptive in nature and short-term (the idea “there can only be one winner “). A consciously competitive culture creates resentment between “losers” and “winners” because it promotes separation into competitive units. Such an environment creates a feeling of fear, leading to justify the loss or lack of performance of an individual. This does not promote long-term engagement and affects job performance, communication between employees and customer engagement, as individual goals trump collective goals.

On the other hand, collaboration is about progressing and advancing together towards the finish line, creating a stimulating environment that ensures that everyone contributes to the success of the organization. A collaborative culture boosts productivity because it encourages individuals to work together to get things done. Open communication between employees from different departments, with diverse backgrounds and with different interests and learning styles also promotes the exchange of ideas, leading to innovation.

Importance of transparency

A key element of a collaborative working culture is “transparency”. It helps employees feel connected to the workplace and have a sense of job security, keeping them focused on performance and less stressed about survival. Sharing the organization’s approach to ensuring fair play and benefits is another element of transparency that helps employees stay focused on their work and their colleagues go the extra mile for the organization. Top-Down or Bottom-Up is supplemented by lateral communication structures so that the information is democratic and truly global.

Transparency in a business is a collective effort, involving everyone in the organization to maintain and foster a transparent culture. It is crucial to set limits and expectations; the excuse of “transparency in the workplace” should not be used for their bad behavior. It is important to communicate with Transparency in the organization, even if it is negative, so that the corporate culture is not affected. Layoffs, mergers, pay cuts are subjects that create panic if they are not properly communicated. Such situations in an organization should never be a surprise. Communication is the key to the smooth running of these processes. Transparent communication, an empathetic approach and strong support help employees and employers move up to a good position.

Understand what makes employees happy

In addition to having a transparent communication platform, it is essential for an organization to build a healthy work culture. “Empathy” in the organization makes life easy for everyone. It helps to understand how other people feel and react to their feelings without hurting any feelings. Adopting a compassionate tone at work requires conscious effort.

People want to feel that they are part of the organization and that they are involved in activities; empathy helps build that relationship. Not only that, but empathy also enables teams to collaborate and work effectively.

In a culture of working remotely without the benefit of face-to-face interactions, it is essential to rely on empathy to be more productive. Sharing the objective of the organization and allowing them to take ownership of their actions and results makes them autonomous, thus avoiding daily exhaustion. It only results in a happier workforce.

Give the example

Leading by example is robust behavior that is essential to the culture and success of the organization. Treating everyone with respect, regardless of their designation, creates a healthy work environment and instills confidence in employees. Influential leaders are those who devote time to upholding the culture and values ​​of the organization.

Everyone looks at managers with a team spirit to celebrate success and failure; even being part of a small business makes managers an inspiring figurehead. A happy team is a team where managers encourage, inspire, engage and nurture their teams by fostering a culture of personal and public recognition. Establishing employee advocacy and creating a unique blend of cultural values ​​led by example from above encourages a critical feedback chain to continue to improve and evolve.

External implications

A strong engagement program has positive implications outside the organization. It guarantees a solid brand reputation to employees and potential clients, whether through informal word of mouth or through a formal alumni cell. Ultimately, the success of any innovative and effective engagement plan depends on cultivating people to encourage initiative and give them the freedom to express themselves. And a positive culture is the intangible and ubiquitous asset of every organization.

The author is co-founder and CEO of TresVista