By Nathalie Beydoun, Retail & HR Manager of BFL Group.
One of the important factors that determine the wellbeing of a person is their workplace environment. A positive work culture, which is directly linked to employee engagement is necessary for the long-term effectiveness of a business.
Many recent studies discuss the impact of workplace stress and lack of a healthy work environment on the health, lifestyle, productivity, and performance of the workforce. This rising trend has called the attention of organizations to create a more positive work culture that will enhance employee engagement, boost productivity, and generate positive outcomes, which are important for the success of any business.
Among all the factors that can reduce workplace stress, positive work culture is of prime importance. Work culture is determined by the set of values shared by the organization and the attitudes, perceptions, and behavior of the employees. Every factor that contributes to strong work culture is important as it is what makes the physical work environment comfortable and non-toxic.
An organization can create a positive culture through work-life balance, employee performance appraisals and recognitions, safe and secure physical spaces, and cultural diversity. Effective communication strategies also play a key role in the setting of a positive work environment. Through strong initiatives, smart choices and effective communication, visionary leaders in an organization can generate a sense of purpose among the employees and make them aware of the importance of their contributions to the growth of the business.
Employers often invest a lot of time to choose candidates, who align well with the values of the organization. As candidates largely consider the work culture during the hiring process, an organization that has a healthy work environment will easily find talents who will share the organization’s values and contribute to growth.
The concepts related to employee wellbeing and work culture, are rapidly transforming since the onset of the pandemic. Companies that have gone remote during the pandemic are facing challenges as staff adapt to the new normal of working online, as well as face social isolation. This period also saw many companies addressing the wellbeing of employees and initiating measures such as modification of benefit packages to cater to their needs. Companies also realized that strong-rewarding relationships with colleagues have boosted productivity and enhanced employee engagement.
So, when the organizations address the new normal and devise strategies to develop business models for the future, they must consider the issues encountered during the pandemic phase, as they impact the way businesses will be conducted in the future. Innovative methods, agile approaches, mutual respect, and empathy must be considered and integrated to foster a healthy work culture in the new normal.
Several factors determine the success of a business, and one of the most significant is the healthy work culture it develops for the employees adhering to its core values and beliefs to ensure the best and positive outcomes.