Workplace culture is hard to define — even though we work in one throughout the day. Any workplace with a “good” culture has a way of life that involves the right amount of employee enthusiasm clubbed with a solid work ethic. The first step to building a great culture starts with tackling employee enthusiasm/engagement. If you’re wondering if workplace culture is really as BIG a deal as it’s made out to be — take a look at these statistics and you’ll see how important employee engagement is to your company’s success.
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Getting employee engagement and culture right in an organization is quite tricky. In order to achieve it businesses must focus on meeting their employees more altruistic human needs of feeling connected, recognized and being an important part of something bigger. If you would like to dig a little deeper into the subject take a look the following article featured on Wikinomics.com: Do You Have the Collaborative Capacity You Need? Pay special attention to the ten factors that are highly correlated with successful culture collaboration.
Also, here are some of the blogs that we love keeping up. All regularly share their expertise on culture and engagement in the workplace.
Here is a blog authored by Matt Monge — the Chief Culture Officer at Mazuma Credit Union. As Chief Culture Officer at Mazuma Credit Union, Monge is in charge of leading the Organizational Culture, Training & Development, Branding & Marketing, and HR areas.
A particularly interesting TED talk — on work and culture — that I came across on Matt’s blog is worth taking a look at. The discussion centers on what makes us feel good about work and how that is beneficial and necessary for success. Monge’s blog also featured another post that makes a point on culture, community, and collaboration: Who Gives a Harlem Shake About Culture?
This fine blog is kept by Alexander Kjerulf who is a bestselling author of three books, including Happy Hour is 9 to 5. Kjerulf also speaks, consults, and conducts workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences all over the world. His clients include an impressive list of companies like: Hilton, Microsoft, LEGO, IKEA, Shell, HP, and IBM.
With this post on intrinsic motivation — Alexander sums up the employee engagement fundamentals beautifully.
What some managers don’t realize is that people want to do good work. Create a happy, positive work environment and people are naturally motivated. Even better: they motivate themselves and each other.
This blog kept by Globoforce, a company with products in strategic and social recognition, keeps bringing up pertinent questions around culture and the need to build a vibrant work community from openness and trust.
We think that a collaboration software — if the champions have the clout and are willing to work on the culture at their workplace — can make a huge difference to employee engagement. Learn more about the benefits of collaboration software here: How Collaboration Software fits in with employee engagement.