Imagine walking into your dream job every day, where you’re surrounded by colleagues who collaborate seamlessly, communicate effectively, have work-life balance, and receive recognition and rewards for your hard work. Sounds like a fairy tale? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Let’s explore how workplace culture can make or break your dream job 💖
Workplace culture is the secret sauce that makes employees innovate without fearing failure, collaborate beyond the job descriptions, and truly be engaged with the organization. It sets the tone for employee behavior, expectations, and job satisfaction. Recently, I conducted a poll on LinkedIn, to determine what they consider to be the most important aspects of workplace culture. The results were as follows:
I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who participated in the poll and contributed to this blog’s insights. Your thoughts and opinions on workplace culture are valuable and have helped shed light on the importance of collaboration, clear communication, flexibility, and recognition and rewards in the workplace. Thank you!
While analyzing the results, I couldn’t help but notice how relevant workplace culture becomes in order to pursue the job we so crave. One of my favorite movies growing up was “The Devil Wears Prada”, which tells the story of a young woman who lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine. The movie highlights the toxic workplace culture that exists within the organization, where employees are overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. This leads to high turnover and a negative impact on the company’s success. This movie speaks to me on a deeper level now. It emphasizes the importance of building a connection with employees, which goes beyond just having a recognizable brand, and is key to retaining them in the long term.
On the other hand, movies like “The Intern” highlight the importance of a positive workplace culture. The movie tells the story of a retired executive who returns to the workforce as an intern at a fashion start-up. The company’s culture is focused on collaboration, mutual respect, and work-life balance, which leads to the success of the organization and the happiness of its employees. (No points for guessing, Anne Hathaway is my favorite, or my go-to when I run into an un-fixable situation at work 😉)
The poll results align with the theme in many movies like these. The majority of respondents, 45%, identified flexibility and work-life balance as the most important aspect of workplace culture. This is consistent with the idea that a positive work-life balance leads to improved employee morale and job satisfaction
Collaboration and teamwork also scored highly in the poll, indicating it as an important aspect of workplace culture. This is a reflection of the growing trend towards collaborative work environments where employees work together to achieve common goals. Even the Avengers needed to collaborate to take Thanos down and save the world. Similarly, our world also needs saving – with a little bit of love and faith in each other. Once this is sorted, bringing innovation into the front line won’t be a problem! Just as the Avengers were able to achieve their goals by working together, we can achieve more when we collaborate and share our strengths and abilities with one another.
Clear communication was also identified as a crucial aspect of workplace culture. Companies that prioritize clear communication often see improved employee engagement and higher levels of job satisfaction. Have you seen “Moneyball“? If not then you must…it is a movie based on the true story of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and their general manager, Billy Beane. Beane uses data and analytics to build a winning team on a tight budget. One of the key themes of the movie is the importance of clear communication in the workplace. Throughout the movie, Beane communicates clearly and effectively with his team, explaining his vision and strategy and setting clear expectations. This allows his team to work together more effectively and make better decisions. Communication is key to building a strong team and achieving your goals!
Recognition and rewards were identified as the least important aspect of workplace culture, receiving only 12% of the votes. However, this should not be ignored by employers as it still plays a critical role in employee motivation and retention. Who can forget how Jerry was fired for realizing that his clients and employees want to feel recognized and appreciated for their hard work and contributions? Definitely, it’s more than just “Show me the money”. It is human nature where we seek to feel appreciated for our hard work and dedication, and companies that provide recognition and rewards are more likely to retain their best employees.
Workplace culture matters more than ever in today’s world of work. It is the pack of aces ♠️ that can help you win the game you want to play & for the long haul! It encompasses various aspects, such as collaboration, clear communication, flexibility, and recognition and rewards. So, let’s take a moment to reflect on our workplace culture and see where we can make improvements. Let’s prioritize collaboration, clear communication, recognition, and rewards, and create an environment where everyone can thrive. After all, a positive workplace culture not only benefits the organization but also the employees, leading to a happier and healthier work-life balance.
…and I highly recommend revisiting these movies this weekend 💝