The seed to grow business success in 2017 is a positive workplace culture, according to team culture expert Dwain Richardson.
“A positive team culture will lead to greater output from staff, more quality performance and an environment conducive to creativity and future planning,” said Richardson.
“This ultimately will result in business success however that looks– profitability or viability – which is why it’s important to create and harness a positive team culture.”
Richardson said a trap for business was the mentality of “just doing what needs to be done to achieve results”.
“It may be because of strict production deadlines, the comfort zone of routine or getting stuck in the vicious cycle of staff coming and going that organisations fall into this trap.
“This is when working on culture becomes a low priority, morale sinks and organisations go into a downward spiral.”
Richardson said changing this mentality had to start at the top through understanding and acknowledgment by leaders that the essence of achieving success is having a positive team culture.
He has highlighted six main reasons why organisational culture is vital today more than ever.
1. It aids in the retention and recruitment of staff
“If you have a strong team culture, existing staff will see a future in the business and good people will apply to be part of it. It will not only reduce the costs involved in the continual recruitment and training of staff, a great culture will ensure you attract the best people.”
2. It adds motivation for people to integrate work into their 24/7 lives
“We now live in a close to 24/7 business environment where people blend their professional and personal lives into one. Thus if we don’t enjoy our work environment, the motivation to work these longer hours will drop resulting in lower productivity and poorer performance.”
3. It nurtures a mentally healthy workplace
“The more happy that employees are in the workplace, the more positive their mental health. Recent studies show that a mentally healthy workplace will produce high staff retention, increased productivity and reduced costs in absenteeism and compensation claims.”
4. It creates team harmony and unity
“Every workplace today, with the exception of sole traders, relies on team units for a business function. They may be small or large but, regardless, there needs to be team building, harmony, cohesiveness and unity for the team and ultimately business to succeed.”
5. It increases productivity
“Quite simply, happy staff are more productive staff! Even the time spent to nurture fun in the workplace such as corporate team building activities, social events, corporate training days and in-house competitions is time well spent for the productivity it will enhance.”
6. It leads to profitability or viability
“Achieving all of these outcomes collectively will lead to financial viability which shows how important culture is for the bottom line – both reducing costs and increasing revenue.”
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