What is work culture?
- Work culture is a concept which deals in the study of:
- Beliefs, thought processes, attitudes of the employees.
- Ideologies and principles of the organization.
- It is the work culture which decides the way employees interact with each other and how an organization functions.
- An organization is formed to achieve certain goals and objectives by bringing individuals together on a common platform and motivating them to deliver their level best.
- It is essential for the employees to enjoy at the workplace for them to develop a sense of loyalty towards it.
- Work culture plays an important role in extracting the best out of employees and making them stick to the organization for a longer duration.
- An organization is said to have a strong work culture when the employees follow the organization’s rules and regulations and adhere to the existing guidelines.
- However there are certain organizations where employees are reluctant to follow the instructions and are made to work only by strict procedures. Such organizations have a weak culture.
Characteristics of a Healthy work culture
- A healthy work culture leads to satisfied employees and an increased productivity. Employees must be cordial with each other
- Elaborating on the work in The Changing Culture of a Factory Dr. Elliott Jaques in his concept of requisite organization established the list of valued entitlements or organizational values that can gain from people their full commitment. Together they make an organizational culture or credo:
- Fair and just treatment for everyone, including fair pay based upon equitable pay differentials for level of work and merit recognition related to personal effectiveness appraisal.
- Leadership interaction between managers and subordinates, including shared context, personal effectiveness appraisal, feedback and recognition, and coaching.
- Clear articulation of accountability and authority to engender trust and confidence in all working relationships.
- Articulation of long-term organizational vision through direct communication from the top.
- Opportunity for everyone individually or through representatives to participate in policy development.
- Work for everyone at a level consistent with their level of potential capability, values and interests.
- Opportunity for everyone to progress as his or her potential capability matures, within the opportunities available
- The role of managerial leadership at every organizational level is to make these organizational values operationally real.
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