While workplace culture may seem an intangible force, the benefits of a positive one are most certainly not. We look at these benefits and much more in our latest insight.

Paul Dare

Head of Design

12th May 2021

What is workplace culture?

‘That’s the way things are done around here’ perfectly sums up workplace culture. It’s the notion that an unspoken handbook prevails within your organisation determining the course of all interactions.

What does your space say about you?

You don’t need a sixth sense to feel the atmosphere of an organisation’s culture. The personality of your business is uniquely woven with your values, rituals, attitudes and behaviours. These come together to form an impression of who you are and what you stand for, whether positive or negative.

It’s evident in the way people greet each other and work together and in the way the workplace itself is designed and used. Is your office open plan with very few barriers? Your culture might be considered collaborative or informal, for example. Or, perhaps your workspace is cellular with private offices. Your culture may be more traditional. In this way your design can influence behaviour and attitudes towards work.

What’s all the fuss?

It’s not hard to detect an unhappy workplace. Your physical environment also reflects how your employees’ needs are met, whether it's quiet areas for down time, a fully-stocked fridge or another amenity suitable to your business.

When incorporated into your design, these give employees the permission and freedom to enjoy a balanced workplace. The research we discuss in our insight piece indicates higher levels of productivity, better staff retention and increased profitability, among other invaluable spin offs.

Organisations with a strong culture encourage people to bring their whole selves to work - and what could be better than that?

If you'd like to learn more about this topic, and how to incorporate your culture into your workplace, click here to read Workplace culture and the office of the future.

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