What Is Team Culture and Why Does It Matter?

Within an organisation, team culture fosters community. It refers to how employees at a company think and perform. It consists of the shared behaviours, practises, rules, beliefs, values, and attitudes of a group.

When employee activities align with your company’s vision, values, and strategy, you have a strong team culture. When those practises are either not visible to your employees or people opt not to follow them, your team culture is weak. Simply put, culture is determined by your actions.

And the stronger your team culture is, the more employee activities are aligned with your organisation’s aims.

A strong team culture has various advantages, including:

  • reduced need for explicit regulations
  • a strong corporate identity
  • enhanced employee engagement, and
  • a higher possibility of attracting and retaining the right talent

—all of which make a strong team culture a worthwhile aim to pursue.

Culture is created by people. It’s easy to point to items your company has—like free coffee in the break room—or things your organisation says—like the mission statement in your employee handbook—when establishing your team culture.

Culture, on the other hand, is formed by people, not by things or sayings.

So take a look around your office, pay attention to how people interact with one another, and notice the strategies that employees use, because those are the aspects that make up your corporate culture.

The key takeaways

Within an organisation, team culture refers to how employees at a company think and perform.

It consists of the shared behaviours, practises, rules, beliefs, values, and attitudes of a group.

The stronger your team culture is, the more employee activities are aligned with your organisation’s aims.

A strong team culture has various advantages, including reduced need for explicit regulations, enhanced employee engagement, and a higher possibility of attracting and retaining talent.

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