Organisational culture is the shared values and beliefs of your employees. Each staff member in your business will have past experiences that shape how they think, their values, and their beliefs. They have certain thoughts on how decisions and tasks should be carried out. In a healthy organisation, the effects of organisational culture on that employee’s performance will be positive. The culture has to be positive throughout the business for each employee to benefit and feel comfortable. Research found that employees that don’t like their organisation’s culture are 24% more likely to quit.

Examples of negative culture and its effects

Bad habits may not be something that employees have brought with them from other corporations; they may have been picked up in your business. For example, if the boss is late every day, then the employees are going to pick up on that and think if he is late everyday then this is okay for everyone else. If high standards aren’t applied every time a piece of work is completed, then standards will start to slip.

Office gossip can be negative in any environment, but in a business, it can be much harder. Employees have to go and be in a room with people that are gossiping about them most days. You want your employees to feel comfortable in their working environment, not feel like they will be ridiculed. Gossip can cause a negative atmosphere to surround the business, and it can cause a shift in the entire company culture and leave people closed off and guarded.

What can I do if the impact is negative?

There are ways you are able to change the negative organisation structure in a business. It does not matter whether you are a CEO or manager, anyone can make the differences to change the business for better. With bad habits, it’s not just the boss that can make a difference in the way staff act. All employees can influence their colleagues on how they act and complete work. There can be standards set in a company, whether that be formally or informally, by having an employee handbook or conversations when a new employee starts. Standards can be something like making sure your company name badge is in a certain place on your employees’ uniform. Outline what the standards of the company are and what is expected of them. Make sure remaining employees also keep following these guidelines and this should naturally expel any bad habits that people may have.

Office gossip is something that should not be tolerated within an office. The effects that gossip can have on an office is not something you want hanging over your business. This could also affect the way your business retains employees, but also if customers hear about how your employees are treated by other employees, they may not want to use your product or service. You can deal with office gossip by sitting down and talking to the perpetrators but also the victim. It is also a good idea to speak to the office as a whole about problems like this to make sure everyone knows that it is not tolerated.

Engaging employees should be easy. You should be able to get along together as a company to work as effectively as you can. A way of doing this is planning out of work activities together, whether it is just a meal or something more adventurous such as paintballing. Something where you are all together and not in the working environment. If someone’s birthday is coming up, celebrate it! Bring a cake into the office! Making an effort with all your employees will make them enjoy work more and want to be there because it’s not all about work.