Decades ago, the most important factor career hunters look for was job security. While it is still important to have security in our jobs, it is equally important for today’s workforce to have a rewarding company culture.

Company culture plays a great role in employee retention. Even the best employees get burned out when the work environment is not right. Company values and culture is broken when leaders and members of the team create their own culture. When employees and leaders break the reinforced culture, issues start to arise and people can start to feel exhausted. Attrition rates grow and this type of action by the employees is an obvious indication that something is not right. I speak with many people who worked for huge tier one companies that offer stable jobs (some are even included in Fortune 1000) but decided to leave their jobs, not because of their workloads, but because of one main reason: poor company culture.

The owner of the organization might have clearly set the culture he or she wanted to achieve, but what about the people working for him? Are the managers representing the same values in their designated teams? Does each team member carry the values and culture of the organization when communicating with other department? Do the employees carry the same positive culture the founder wanted to reinforce? If the answers to these questions are all no, senior management must be alarmed and must address the problem before it gets worst. There are many tools to address toxic work environment but you must know first what the root cause is. Communicating with the employees involved in creating a toxic environment can help improve the situation. This can also be avoided at an early stage by re designing the recruitment process. After all, retaining an organization’s value as it grows comes down to hiring people. Creating a structure during the recruitment stage will preserve the company’s culture as it grows. Communicate with the hiring firm or team that the roles may change but the mission and vision of the company remains consistent. So the next time new employees get onboard, the culture is passed on and retained.

Remember also that employees must be the top priority of a company since they operate everything to produce a product or service. As various researchers have proven, well engaged employees and happy employees are more productive and more likely to contribute to a company’s success. Every organization’s goal is to increase its revenue and expand as the years go and this is only achievable when employees provide their best in contributing to the goals which they can only do so with positive work environment. Create a positive culture by understanding the needs of your employees. Listen to what they have to say. Engage their thoughts in major company decisions. Reward their loyalty and praise them for good work no matter how small it is and encourage them to participate in the company activities. It has been said that the most income generating companies are the ones that create a positive culture for their employees.

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