How Company Culture Shapes Successful Employees
The term company culture is hard to define, but easy to notice. You can see it both visually and verbally, by the way a group of employee’s makes decisions, utilize their time, and the type of language that is most frequently used. Culture is a major part of any successful organization, as it defines the environment of the establishment and the employees within it. The ways in which culture is used and utilized by employees differ depending on the companies goals and strategies. Regardless of differences, it is important for organization’s to recognize and continually sustain their own specific culture to shape successful employees.
Gideon Kunda researched this phenomenon of organizational culture in his book, “Engineering Culture”. He analyzed the micro components within an organization that formed it’s formal cultural structure and assessed it’s successes and failures. Based on this and other research, it can be determined that a successful company culture is one that influences it’s employee’s to identify with the company on a personal level. When an employee feels that their companies beliefs, standards, and attitudes are shared with their own, they will begin to merge their work identity with their personal identity. Through this process of relating, a deeper and more meaningful connection is produced between the company and the employee. This merged identity and more meaningful relationship ultimately leads to long term commitment, greater levels of happiness and stronger productivity.
It is important to hire employee’s that hold similar values to that of the company because of this, but the process of sustaining company culture does not end there. Immersing employee’s with the companies mission, goals and values is a continual process in sustaining and growing an effective organizational culture. In contrast, if an employee of an organization finds their role within the company to not be authentic to their real-life self, it would be inevitable that they would burnout and ultimately quit their role in the establishment. This explains the importance of finding employee’s that fit the micro components of the companies culture, as well as implementing continual influence. In addition, it is equally as important for employee’s to seek out companies that they feel share similar values, in order to position themselves for success.
The end result of establishing an effective company culture means shaping employee’s to become fully committed to the success of the organization, because this will equate to their own personal success. That is the bottom line after all, because we all just want to be successful, right?