Workplace Culture: Is It A Retention Tool?

Employee turnover can be costly for your organization. Research shows that workplace stress can lead to an increase of nearly 50 percent in turnover and that the costs associated with recruiting, training, and lost expertise are high. A positive culture can help reduce employee turnover and increase employee workplace wellbeing.

Ways company culture impacts employee well-being:

Loyalty

There’s a saying in business that goes, “Take care of your people and they will take care of your customers.” Wegmans, a grocery store that’s voted a top place to work on the Fortune list, has acted on this advice by changing its business goals to create more career growth for its employees. A culture succeeds when a clearly understood set of values truly guides the way a company operates–like with the Wegman’s example. Employees who align themselves with a company’s culture are more likely to want to contribute to its success.

Productivity

A happy and caring workplace culture improves employee productivity. When employees can trust that their leaders have their best interests in mind, it improves their performance. Employees who feel safe instead of fearful have better learning and performance outcomes. Instead of creating a culture of fear with negative consequences, building trust with employees helps encourage a spirit of innovation.

Relationships

More and more, job seekers are making decisions based on emotional compatibility with their prospective employer. Positive emotional connections and work relationships are a necessity for workers. Creating a company culture that caters to employees uniques work styles and habits shows them they are valued and makes a space that people will enjoy and look forward to going to. A workplace with strong emotional connections will likely be one where people will want to stay.

Creating a positive company culture is crucial in recruiting and retaining top talent. Finding ways to foster a happy, safe and connected workplace will help your workforce thrive in a variety of ways.

 

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