As we discussed in the previous post, office culture has a tremendous impact on employee satisfaction, productivity and performance. Companies in every industry are beginning to recognize this, so they are offering generous benefits and costly perks in order to compensate for a demanding office climate. But throwing flextime and gym memberships at the problem generally misses the point. As we said, research shows that employees prefer a positive workplace to one that offers impressive benefits.
We’re conditioned to see hard-charging, relentless commitment to work as the key to success. Research, however, has shown that exactly the opposite is often true. Not only is a winner-takes-all environment detrimental to an organization’s productivity, a pleasant, positive environment actually yields better results for employees and employers.