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What It Takes to Thrive

Creating a Culture of Positivity and Success

There has been a lot of media discussion about workplace culture and what it takes to create a positive work environment. Having a clearly defined, well-implemented framework around company culture is essential to business success but it's also something that needs to be allowed to evolve organically, allowing your employees to make it their own.

Your company culture permeates throughout your entire business, from its day-to-day operations to its overarching strategy. Your business is defined by its culture and directly informs your employer brand, your ability to attract and retain top talent, your employee loyalty and engagement - company culture is all.

Company culture is something that needs to be constantly reviewed and refined - the people who make up your business workforce change, so do their requirements and expectations, as do the economy and your industry landscape; all of these contribute to a change in your business values and therefore, culture.

At Body Mechanics, we welcome these discussions. We always highlight the importance of workplace culture and of course, how health and wellbeing services can form a key part of this.

Health and Wellbeing isn't just about providing products, services and resources, it should also look at your organisation as a whole; the value you place on your people, your relationships and interactions and its overall culture.

The below factors are seen to contribute to a positive workplace culture:

1. Recognition and reward: Employees consider recognition and reward programs to be an essential aspect of a positive workplace culture. Recognition and reward doesn't have to be entirely job-based, it can be around diversity, equity and inclusion demonstrating solidarity in difference.

Consider using recognition and reward strategically and to further promote the value and culture you’re trying to embed.

2. Wellbeing: Taking care of employee wellbeing is crucial in creating a positive workplace culture. Organisations that prioritise employee mental, physical and financial wellbeing tend to have a more positive work environment.

Consider incorporating wellbeing into your employee's everyday experience at work.

3. People Development: Investing in employee development and providing opportunities for growth is another significant factor in adopting a positive workplace culture. Employees value organisations that support their personal and professional growth as individuals.

To get the most from people development, offer employees both work-based and personal, transferable skills development opportunities.

4. Trust and collaboration: Building trust within and between groups is essential for a positive workplace culture. Trust helps facilitate closeness and collaboration, creating a harmonious work environment. It also encourages loyalty and improves employee attraction and retention.

Look at team building events or creating more time to socialise together both inside and outside of the workplace.

5. Flexibility: Flexible working practices, such as hybrid, flexi-, compressed hours or fully remote are also seen to enhance workplace culture. Giving people the chance to manage work and life more effectively has been a positive change.

Move towards hitting goals and deadlines, rather than focusing on time in the office.

At Body Mechanics, we help you create health and wellbeing programmes which are effective and fit for purpose. We want to help you create a workplace where health, wellbeing and happiness are ingrained in your company culture.

If you’d like to discuss how to go about developing and implementing a health and wellbeing programme and/or a health and wellbeing framework, please get in touch. We’re happy to help.