Why Organisational Culture Is So Important
Organisational Culture is a system of shared assumptions, values and beliefs in a workplace. There are many contributing factors that affect whether the culture is positive, negative, strong or weak. Factors include management style, hierarchy, organisational structure, personality and industry.
If you have previous work experience you would have noticed how your position may seem different in other organisations. We are often attracted to organisations that share similar beliefs or match with our perceptions of a ‘good place to work’, which in turn ‘target’ you to join.
The three principles of Organisational Culture are:
- Symbolic Reminders (visible reminders)
- Keystone Behaviours (visible & invisible reminders)
- Mind-sets (invisible reminders)
How do you know if you are apart of a good culture?
The best tactic to use to understand an organisational culture is to watch. You’re sitting in the reception area before a job interview. The office is beautiful, employees are friendly and you can see lots of smiles. There’s an energy about and it’s making you feel a little warm and fuzzy before your interview. At this point, we would say go with your gut. You can feel the good vibes and at this point if you were feeling bad vibes, go with your gut…again.
Traits of a strong, positive culture:
- Transparent & Open Communication
- Work/Life Balance
- Training and Development Focused
- Recognition of Hard Work
- Strong Team Spirit
Working in an organisation that practice the above characteristics changes the experience of working entirely. It’s important you are happy at work not only because it’s where you spend a lot of your time, but for your own self. You don’t have time to let bad culture ruin your positive attitude or sway you from your career intentions.