Mary Nowell
Mary Nowell
Managing Director: North West Private Practice

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Workplace culture

Culture exists in every workplace.

From a hiring point of view, as the market becomes more competitive, law firms and businesses must create - or begin to create - an identity and as such, a unique culture.

Let's define the allusive term 'culture'

“Culture is made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes, and behaviours shared by a group of people. Culture is the behaviour that results when a group arrives at a set of - generally unspoken and unwritten - rules for working together” (Business Management Controls: A Guide By John Kyriazoglou).

What does this look like in practice?

It’s the physical environment - from a breakout area to an open plan workspace; it’s the values that employees share and deploy in all of their working practices (and life!); the opportunities for self-promotion and self-development; it's sharing (and celebrating) the wins and the losses. It’s a million small things: formality, open-door policies, social occasions, and saying hello in the morning. It’s the things that employers can do - cost-free - that defines their business.

Why is good workplace culture so important?

Simply put, it's the most important.

Yes, I’ve discussed a lot in previous blogs about what prompts people to seek alternative employment. Generally, this is progression (financial and career), work type, work quality and a number of other things. Yet, the reality is that each and every employee will share one common goal – the desire to be happy at work.

Happy for most means feeling included and a sense of belonging and being surrounded by like-minded people.

Remember that well known African proverb?: "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

For more information please contact Mary Nowell.

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