This article comes from Entrepreneur.
The Top Company Culture winners outperform average organizations on many levels, but one key distinction stands out: Leaders see the competitive advantage of creating a workplace culture where employees are highly engaged. And they make culture a strategic priority, day in and day out.
Every organization has a culture. Some are intentional, some accidental. Companies that claim culture is a priority but don’t back it up are just fooling themselves. Failing to focus on culture is how leaders lose their jobs and how companies cease to exist.
In fact, culture is the only remaining sustainable competitive advantage. Great business strategies can be copied, but culture cannot. When an organization’s culture fails, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes public and costly.
Great workplace cultures flourish when a team of talented people share an organization’s values and embrace its objectives.
We look at these key factors in engagement:
Nationwide, less than a third of employees are truly engaged at work. But it’s a different story at culturally focused companies. Of the 47,000 organizations Energage has surveyed in more than a decade, companies that are culturally aware achieve almost double the engagement rate. Companies that score in the top 10 percent on our surveys see engagement levels above 85 percent.
Recognition and bragging rights aside, employee engagement translates into stronger retention, higher productivity, and better performance. Employee engagement is the outcome of a healthy workplace culture. In today’s business environment, culture distinguishes the world’s most valuable companies; it’s where the value is created or destroyed.
Leaders at Top Company Culture organizations are intentional about defining and forging a unique culture that directly supports specific business goals. Not that all cultures are the same. Even among the best companies, some thrive on high energy and fun, while others benefit from quiet intensity.
So, ask yourself:
Strong cultures become self-sustaining: they attract like-minded people who will thrive in that environment. That’s why Top Company Culture winners can be picky about who they bring on board, whereas other organizations have to pay more money to keep people.
Creating a great workplace culture requires raising the level of trust and connection among employees so they commit their best every day. Top companies do this, and they do it consistently well. So when leaders at aspiring organizations ask me how they, too, can capture this advantage, my answer is this: Get intentional about workplace culture.
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