How can forming new workplace habits improve company culture?

We have all heard the theory that creating healthy habits at work and in our personal lives can help us to achieve more. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t any set amount of time for how long a habit takes to form, which can make it challenging to create new workplace habits. But how do we do that, when all the information out there is so contradictory? Yet with the right support, it’s possible. Here, we explore how forming new workplace habits can create a better company culture.

Is it always hard to create a new habit?

You can improve your workplace culture by introducing new healthier workplace behaviours. But it can be challenging to turn those into habits.

So what does it take to change behaviours and create new habits? Usually, that depends on how long the former way of going about things has been happening, and how emotionally attached the person is to that habit.

If you have no policy on coming into the office, for example, then suddenly shifting from remote setups to strictly in-office will be difficult. However, if you provide positive feedback and repeat the new habit over and over, then eventually it just becomes the normal way of doing things. And, similarly, if an employee receives constructive feedback on being in the office, with the results being clearly explained and expectations clearly laid out, they are likely to form the new habit more quickly .

Good habits are catching

On the positive side, introducing new workplace habits can be hugely beneficial for company culture. They aren’t just for some employees, but for everyone. Everyone running meetings in a consistent way can help with productivity, and as each employee forms better habits, it encourages others to do the same. This increases cohesiveness, communication and productivity.

Good habits can be career building

Good work habits, such as being succinct and appreciating others, can support career progression. Building habits such as not missing deadlines, actively engaging with training, and asking questions can also help employees to stand out and show that they have passion and drive. Especially in competitive environments, this can be an invaluable way to ensure that the right opportunities are accessible and reveal natural leaders.

With the right habits, you can improve company culture and have clear expectations in place for all employees. It could even help you to see who the new leaders in your organisation could be. If you would like more advice on how you can achieve this, then get in touch with shooksvensen to see how we could help you.

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