Why is company culture important?

Culture is essentially the personality of an organisation. Edgar Schein defines culture as a pattern of shared basic assumptions learned by a group as it solved its problems of external adaptation and internal integration.

Schein also outlines that organisations don’t adopt culture in a single day – and it cannot be changed overnight. Culture is formed over time as employees go through various changes, adapt to the external environment and solve problems.

Culture refers to the values and beliefs of an organisation. It’s made up of a variety of different elements, including the physical environment, company mission and purpose, values, ethics, goals and expectations. Culture is individual to the organisation, so there’s no one size fits all and no two organisations are the same.

Employees generally enjoy work when their needs and values align with those set out by the organisation. Problems can arise when employees are unable to adjust to their workplace culture, causing them to feel demotivated and less likely to be productive.