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What Does “Workplace Culture” Really Mean?

Productive organisations are those with a healthy workplace culture. But what does that phrase, “workplace culture” really mean? How can a company improve its culture? The word “culture” is kind of a funny term. It’s a word that describes the behavior of a whole community of people. Sometimes we use “culture” to indicate sophistication (“only cultured people go to the symphony”). Other times, the term “culture” is derogatory. (You can’t blame him, that’s just part of his culture). So what do we mean when we are talking about workplace culture? Is this something real or just marketing speak used by HR departments? Here’s my personal definition of workplace culture: “The culture of a working organisation is both the common and collective viewpoint on both the meaning and the value of w......