Office culture is a word that is commonly used in businesses around the country. When I think of office culture the first thing that pops in my mind is Michael Scott from The Office. One of his classic quotes is “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want them to be afraid of how much they love me”. As humorous as this sounds, there is truth in what he says. While it may not seem like office culture has any affect on a company’s bottom line, cultivating personal and professional relationships within a company can positively impact the work done by a company. The biggest key to any relationship’s success is communication, especially through conflict.
How employees communicate with their coworkers is fundamental to a healthy environment for a business. It is important to give employees tools for communication and managing conflict. Good office culture is not void of conflict. When most people think of conflict they want to run in another direction, however, conflict can actually be a good tool for healthy office communication. A few foundations for successful workplace culture are respect, humility and teamwork.
1 Respect. People in your office won’t always agree, and that’s okay. Diversity in a workplace allows each person to bring something unique and valuable to the table. Treating someone with respect can instill confidence in them and offer them much-needed encouragement. When employees respect one another’s opinions and input, it encourages involvement among the company. Instead of everyone avoiding conflict, respect allows for healthy conversations even if disagreement arises.
2 Humility. Being humble is the lack of self importance. It is considering someone above yourself. A humble employee seeks to encourage and promote their coworkers. Humility is not self seeking. Those with humility have a genuine desire to discover what other people can offer. They are intrigued by how others think, and how others feel differently from them.
3. Teamwork. This fundamental tool is vital to communication and conflict resolution. It’s important while in the workplace to remember that everyone is on the same team, trying to accomplish the same end goal. Teamwork fosters creativity and maximizes production. When employees work together, it creates a combination of many strengths and talents that will naturally increase results. Working as a team is effective in building healthy relationships that cultivate a successful office culture.
Bottom line: A great company culture promotes not only growth in each employee, but increases production in work-flow as well. Happy employees do good work. Think about it… If you love what you do and where you do it, you’ll do your best to make sure it continues. So the next time you disagree with a fellow co-worker, or notice that someone is “off” one day, take the time to respect them as a person. It’ll not only make your company better, it’ll make you a better person as well.