The culture of an organization is a mix of the written and unwritten beliefs, attitudes, values and rules that dictate acceptable behavior in an organization.
In some situations, culture speaks more loudly than policies. Culture dictates management behavior, interpersonal communication, employee recognition, and how the team and its divisions work together.
With so many options for today’s workers, your organization can’t afford to get complacent about organizational culture. People are looking for a place where they can fit in, where they can make a contribution, where their input is valued. And if they don’t find it in with you, they’ll keep looking.
As you consider your organizational culture, ask these questions:
- Do your employees enjoy the time they spend at work?
- Does your level of turnover suggest people make a long-term commitment to your organization?
- Are your supervisors effective?
- Are there opportunities for your employees to advance?