• A positive organizational culture is a key driver of organizational performance.
  • Research shows that organizations with a positive culture are more likely to outperform their peers and competitors on a variety of measures.
  • Think of organizational culture as the set of values and norms of behavior that shape how people work together.
  • When values and norms of behavior are perceived as positive, people feel supported, motivated, and engaged to do their best.
  • When values or norms of behavior are perceived as negative, people are more likely to hold back or check out.
  • A positive culture does mean shying away from naming and addressing problems and challenges.  A positive culture actually enables and accelerates innovation and problem solving.
  • Positive culture is everyone’s job, with leadership defining the vision and modeling the way, and everyone doing their part to sustain a positive culture.

A positive culture is defined by positive values and norms of behavior.  Here are 26 signs that an organization has a positive culture.

26 Signs of a Positive Culture:

  1. People know the mission or purpose of the organization.
  2.  People know who the organization aims to serve.
  3.  People know the impact the organization aims to create.
  4.  People know the actual results the organization delivers.
  5.  People know the basic plan or strategy of the organization.
  6.  People know and appreciate the ethical values of the organization.
  7.  People view leaders and managers as honest, supportive, trustworthy, and competent.
  8.  People are supported with clear direction, coaching, mentoring, and learning opportunities.
  9.  People are supported with policies, practices, and systems that enable them to do their best.
  10.  People are highly engaged and self directed.
  11.  Teams are productive and cohesive.
  12.  People know what is expected of them.
  13.  People can see how their work connects to the mission or purpose of the organization.
  14.  People feel empowered to put customer service and quality first.
  15.  People receive recognition for doing good work.
  16.  People receive help to improve performance.
  17.  People have equipment and material to do their work right.
  18.  People have opportunities to do what they do best.
  19.  People feel respected.
  20.  People are proactive about naming and solving problems
  21. People are proactive about finding new opportunities for the organization.
  22.  People are encouraged and rewarded for collaborating and sharing know-how.
  23.  People feel like the organization cares about their career development.
  24.  People feel like the organization cares about their health and well-being.
  25.  People feel like they can maintain work-life balance.
  26.  People feel like their compensation is fair.
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