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Workplace culture refers to the attitudes that prevail in a business. It refers to how management thinks and acts toward employees, and the attitudes and actions that workers exhibit toward others in the workplace – bot fellow workers, management and toward customers.
A positive workplace culture prioritises the wellbeing of others, showing empathy in both policies and actions. It always shows respect, trust and support.
Negative workplace cultures are the opposite of all these things and can become toxic if they persist; increasing both psychological and physical risks to anyone who works in or visits that workplace.
There are different types of workplace cultures, for instance: hierarchical culture, adhocracy culture, market culture and clan culture.
When culture is not important to an organisation, or it fails to establish a positive culture, there can be significant consequences both to the business and individuals it employs. These in turn, can have impacts on the health and safety of employees such as:
Wellbeing and health costs increase – the health of employees will be one of the key aspects that will be affected with a poor or negative culture in place. Negativity in the workplace can have significant impacts on the mental health of workers which will have an affect on the dynamics of the business as well as the productivity. Time off due to stress and depression has huge financial implications, but it will also have an impact on engagement of others.