This article highlights how positive work culture is more effective and helps build a healthier workforce than an intense environment focusing alone on driving financial success and profit. While both business organisations and companies place an emphasis on being competitive by creating performance-driven work cultures, they tend to overlook the hidden costs incurred in pursuing a high-pressure environment.
Recent surveys and research shows that work-related stress is a major cause of numerous health problems in employees. High-pressure and performance based work environments however are associated with the disengagement of workers. As is well known, disengagement of workers is a costly affair due to issues such as absenteeism, increased sick days, increased errors, and increased staff turn-over resulting in further recruitment and training costs being incurred.
On the other hand, businesses with highly engaged workers tend to have a lower rate of attrition and less of the factors mentioned above. Hence, a positive work culture, not only assists the health and wellbeing of an employees, but also increases the efficacy of the entire organisation’s workforce including productivity.
So what does this positive work culture look like?
Employees feel valued, they treat one another with respect and trust, they receive empathy from fellow colleagues when necessary, they tend to encourage each other and there is room for creativity, as well as personal and professional development. Not surprisingly, their sense of belonging to the company naturally intensifies and so does their performance.
In this Harvard Business Review, Emma Seppala and Kim Cameron describe how a positive work culture can be developed and maintained in a company. They concisely explore the proven fact that positive work culture is one of the best methods to increase employees’ work efficiency. Read on further to understand how to achieve better employee engagement, financial success, productivity and customer satisfaction.