We often hear people throw around the words ‘work culture’ and ‘company culture’ without pausing to understand it and create clear definitions of them. It’s something that affects hiring practices, organisational structure, workplace interaction; we’re constantly engaging with it.
So what exactly is work culture?
To put it simply, it consists of those underlying beliefs, behaviours and practices that run through an organisation in terms of how people interact, communicate, behave in the workspace and it also impacts how the organisation showcases itself to the outside world.
The most organised amongst us might have a written code about it, but in most cases it’s a set of unspoken rules, similar to those followed by social groups and communities.
At a personal level, it influences how you behave towards co-workers, how you dress up to get to work, how you deal with conflict, how you present new ideas and in what spaces you present them.
A work culture is a management decision, but it percolates to every field, even to hiring practices, often in unseen ways.
So, as a logical progression, the next question would be what makes up a healthy work culture?
As with everything else, work culture is defined by circumstance. An organisation might institute a formal, hierarchical workspace if it needs strong definition to function. A more creative function might thrive in some amount of chaos, informality and unstructured interaction. Either way, you know it’s working when:
- Employees are happy
- Ideas are being shared, exchanged and grown
- People interact with each other and are comfortable working together
- Everyone feels more or less satisfied and appreciated, at regular intervals
- There’s sensitivity to people’s emotional and social needs in the workplace
Why we need to care about work culture
At HomeLane, we’ve taken up the challenge of not just building an interactive workspace, but also to set up a network of creative interaction in the design space, where ideas are constantly being exchanged and there’s a sense of freshness as well as productivity.
We’ve found that the benefits are mutual. This is what keeps us young, engaged and energetic. A vibrant work culture helps us to grow in new and unusual ways. We’d definitely call that an edge!