Characteristics of Positive Workplace Culture

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A third of our life is spent at work. That is an estimated 90,000 hours of our life working. How can we make our work experience a more positive space and less of a black hole? It’s important that we build a positive workplace based on respect and resolution. Implementing these virtues into your corporate culture will provide a thriving organization with significant employee satisfaction.  

We have outlined the following characteristics that create a strong foundation upon which confident and concrete steps toward positivity can be built.


A leader understands that an organization’s positive growth is built on the strength of a clear vision. A strong mission and a sense of purpose navigate the team through any challenge that lies along its path. Purpose provides the critical orientation that strengthens individual decisions and team goals.

A clear purpose creates a field guide that develops positivity and enhances company satisfaction. Ensuring that your team understands the company mission and individual purpose allows the workplace to focus on clarifying tasks. A clear mission foundationally builds workplace energy. Connections to one mission and purpose safeguards that the cultural ethos does not become diluted with mixed messages.


Making sure that blacktop games were fair and equal was a primary playground rule. We carry this basic rule of fairness into our adult life. Fairness is universally seen as an essential virtue. In order to create a space where positivity can thrive, your team needs to know that there are consistent, transparent, and fair guidelines. All team members need to know that they are equally part of the process toward progress.

Established office structure enforces fair and consistent programs. It provides an understanding of how individual contributions strengthen team goals. The opportunity to achieve individual milestones without favoritism solidifies the importance of fairness and positivity.


Understanding and considering what is needed to adequately complete daily tasks will build confidence in the team and organization. An organization needs to provide the tools, space, and technology to get the job done.

Employee consideration ensures that all voices are adequately heard. When employees feel that their idea or comment is taken with full consideration, it provides an atmosphere of respect and fairness that produces high-quality results.


Because so much of our time is spent at our work, it is crucial that managers create consistent work-life balance goals. Balanced work-life opportunities provide organizations with lower employee burnout. Quality employee engagement programs can strengthen the time spent at work.

Essential wellness programs can help build a balanced workplace. It is necessary to utilize wellness programs for stress reduction, mental acuity, and physical health. These programs increase creativity and develop positive outlets for employee engagement.


It’s important for organizations to encourage and provide pathways to build upon employees’ individuality. Quality education programs ensure that continuing educational pursuits are valued and supported. Placing a value on time and effort to pursue a degree or learn a new technology platform builds a culture of personal development that enhances the organizational foundations. Mentor programs can also be an opportunity to share professional development and personal pursuits. Specialized programs can strengthen bonds and encourage communication between divisions and teams. Active mentor programs can reinforce positive workplace culture and grow the organization’s purpose.

Promotion opportunities and expanded diversity and inclusion programs are essential in developing a growth mindset within any organization. Pathways that promote progress for diverse team members encourage confidence and team spirit. Opportunities to excel are built on a framework of encouragement and purposefulness. These specialized programs build confidence from the entry-level employee to top management positions.

Every team is unique and requires a specialized analysis to create a positive office space where the individual can thrive. Once you define the essential characteristics that work for your organization, you can build a quality team that can become a model for a positive workplace.


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