“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
– Steve Jobs
In one quote, Steve Jobs – The Father of Digital Revolution explained the importance of every working individual’s need to love his work. This is where the company culture matters. Culture maintains the employee enthusiasm.
Workplace should not be a place where employees dread to come every day. They should in fact look forward to going to their jobs. They should enjoy everything, be it the challenges, their co-workers or the atmosphere. While the work may be challenging, the culture and the atmosphere around shouldn’t add to the stress of the work. On the contrary, the culture should be designed to reduce the work related stress.
The cultures with start-ups are generally free and accepting but as some companies get bigger; the increased workload tends to create disconnect within the teams. With the growing size of business, companies are not able to maintain the same culture that it had during its initial years. The employees are far less involved in key decisions and their voice in the key business decisions is diluted. With time this becomes a part of the company culture. Employees go to work, do what they’re told, and just help their company achieve its dream. The employee’s impact on the business is minimal and he/she becomes “just another employee at just another company.” But this is not what productive employees want. They want to have a voice and a meaningful impact on the company and its direction.
The things that matter more to an employee rather than any perks, or even a high compensation are respect, voice and belief in the company’s values and mission. Here is how these values are an important part of the company culture and make an impact on the employee morale.
The difference between a team and just a bunch of individuals is that the individuals see themselves independent from each other and work independently and on the other hand a team works together interdependently.
The new generation believes in working for a company only if they truly identify with the vision and mission of the company since this motivates them to work each day. Somebody has rightly said, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Being with H&R Block for the past 1.5 years I have realized that this is my place to be since it allows me to explore my strengths, empowers me to take my work decisions and be responsible for them and takes care of my well-being just like a family would. It realizes that for a company to succeed and create great value for its customers, maintaining a happy culture is the greatest key.