The Direct and Indirect Benefits of Positive Organizational Environment
“A lot can be said about an organization by what it does for its people.”
Going to work- physically and virtually, should be an encouraging and upbeat prospect for anyone. But this can be achieved only through a positive, motivating and charged organizational environment. After all, the only non-perishable resource for an organization is the human resources- its people. Rest everything has a time or availability limit to it. So it is crucial for leaders to understand the direct and indirect benefits of creating a conducive climate at every hierarchy of the organization to see their people thrive.
What does a positive work environment look like?
Often times, organizational policies and guidelines are confused with its environment. However, organizational environment is much more than that- it refers to the core values that an organization believes in and practices on the floor. It also takes into consideration the day-to-day culture in a company. How much valued do people feel? Does their work motivate them? How much ease of work do they have? Are people empowered to deliver what is expected of them? Is recognition directly proportional to the amount of effort put in? Are people’s opinion valued? Are employees heard and their feedback taken?
A positive work environment is the one where leaders are approachable, where two-way communication is facilitated, where colleagues are both supportive and empathetic, and where the competition is fair. A charged-up workplace is the one that on one hand gives people psychological comfort and on the other challenges them to push the boundaries and aim to achieve more.
What are the direct and indirect benefits of such an environment?
Studies show that positive organizational climate directly increases the productivity. This is because the employees feel that the organization is taking the right steps for them. This also creates a feeling of camaraderie amongst the colleagues. There is an overall driven work culture where employees are open to feedback and they feel encouraged to provide suggestions for improvement.
Some set of benefits are not seen immediately, but are definitely the result of positive work culture. These include a better employee retention rate, increased creativity amongst employees, and a ripple effect leading to enhanced business success.
It is crucial to remember that organizational culture is integral in its success and the leaders and decision-makers should invest time in bringing positivity to the environment at workplace for their people.