Written by Riley Fairchild • July 31, 2023
Take a moment to think of your favorite song. Why do you like it so much? Maybe it makes you feel like dancing or maybe it’s part of a good memory. You might love the beat, the melody, or the music video. When it comes on, it’s something that gives you joy.
How great would it be if your work energized you as much as your favorite song? Well, we can’t promise that work will ever make you want to dance, but a positive company culture can at least provide you with a lift in your mood.
But first, what is company culture? Company culture describes the shared views, beliefs, and behaviors of a group of people working in the same place. You can see it through the types of conversations you have with your coworkers, the emotions that are commonly found across teams, and the things held important at all levels. When a company culture is positive, it can make a huge difference.
Positive company culture can look a wide variety of ways, however it encompasses a collective feeling of support and trust. When teams feel supported by those around them and trusted by leadership, they’re more likely to embrace creativity and connect with others in authentic, meaningful ways. Positive company culture looks like not being afraid to speak up or to voice an idea that’s different. It looks like tables pushed together in the lunchroom so everyone can eat together, and colleagues checking in on one another in moments of stress. Positive company culture also looks like alignment of all individuals across the company to a core mission or a set of company values, and a belief that their work is making an important difference.
Each workplace is different, and a positive company culture will look differently depending on factors like size, office space, and the diversity of individuals within the company. Overall, you know you have a positive company culture when you feel valued and respected for who you are each day. Not only does this boost positive emotions, but it can also result in high retention rates and employee satisfaction.
There are many reasons why a positive company culture matters. Most importantly, it’s beneficial to the wellbeing of the individuals that make up the company. A positive company culture means engaged and fulfilled team members, and can have major impacts even outside the four walls of the office.
Here are some reasons why positive company culture matters:
It might feel daunting to build a positive company culture, but there are many baby steps to take. Building any sort of culture takes time and it takes consistency. Try any of these activities to boost positivity in your company:
And lastly, why not bring together your favorite song and company culture by creating an office playlist? Creating opportunities for people to work together in respectful, meaningful ways can be a big way to improve company culture — and the Barbie soundtrack surely wouldn’t hurt.