Workplace Culture Keeps Employees

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

LinkedIn recently shared an article explaining why workplace culture is so important to keeping employees. Times are different now than when our parents and grandparents joined the workforce. It was typical then that an employee would work maybe two different jobs before settling into a full-time position to work for until retirement. In today’s age, it is reported that the average person will work at least four different jobs before they reach the age of 32.

So what is it that pushes us to and from different jobs if not just the money? It is the culture that the job offers us. Not just the financial benefits such as health care or retirement planning, but the atmosphere around us. Society today places a strong emphasis on making a change if we are unhappy and this can be seen in our generation’s higher turnover rates. If that position you have is more stress than anything else, then leave it and find a new one. We are raised now with the understanding that settling is not the only option. So even if you are unhappy in your position at say 45 years old, then take the liberty to find yourself something better. There is no time-limit.

Similarly, it is the people that surround us in the workplace that really, truly make a difference on whether or not employees are happy. While your career is your professional life, it is also considered a “home away from home” because we meet many of our social needs there.

Our workplace should be a place where we can satisfy all five of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:

  1. Physiological Needs – Our income provides us with shelter, food, and clothing to live with.
  2. Safety Needs – We should feel safe and supported within our workplace
  3. Love and Belonging – Our coworkers should be our friends! Isn’t it so much easier to go into work knowing that you will see some of your closest friends?
  4. Esteem – With your career you should feel a sense of respect and esteem not only from what you are doing but from the recognition that you receive from others.
  5. Self-Actualization – The desire to become the most that we can be is something that should motivate us as employees and humans every day.

So if you are worrying about whether you really want to stay at that position, then consider the benefits involved and if you are only there for the financial reward. Because if you are going to dedicate a large percentage of your time to an organization, then make it somewhere that fulfills all of your needs, even if you think you are passed the “settled in” point.

Resources: Culture is the New Salary: What People Really Want From Their Jobs

How Much Coworker Socializing Is Good For Your Career

Devon Bradley, M.S. Communication & Leadership ’19

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