How to create positive team culture at work

Creating a positive environment at work has become even more important since our lives were turned upside down by Covid. Form1 Service Manager for the Northern Branch, Paige Shirlaw, discusses why every company deserves a culture committee.
How to create positive team culture at work

After two years of working in a pandemic world, more and more business leaders are considering the importance of creating a positive work environment. 

While some employees have figured out flexible new ways to work, many are also juggling Covid fatigue. And now, as things begin to reture to normal, employment culture is more important than ever. 

Paige Shirlaw is the Service Manager for the Northern Branch at Form1 Group. She is based in Newcastle and part of the Form1 Culture Committee – a group of staff members established to support culture within the organisation. 

If there is no culture within a team there is less productivity and people tend to be physically and emotionally disengaged because they are not connected to the people or the tasks they are doing,” explains Paige. 

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling negative at work especially now as more people are hitting burnout and experiencing Covid fatigue.”

Paige says one of the key things about good culture is reminding people they are valued. 

“Culture means you are not just a number in an organisation and everyone respects one another – at Form1 that filters out to our clients, our customers, and our community. Culture is about being part of a company where people care about you and you are valued,” she says.

Establishing a culture committee

According to the State of the Global Workplace 2021 Report – in Australia and New Zealand – having highly engaged employees can lead to a 202% increase in performance. Paige agrees a healthy work culture naturally gives you more passion for what you are doing. 

“When you go to work everyday just for a pay cheque that gets pretty old, pretty quick,” she says. “When you are engaged with the people around you, and your workplace, you want to be there and you put in more effort. There is nothing like working in a company that values culture.”

With a range of long-term clients in industries such as public and private hospital groups, aged care facilities, and schools and universities, Form1 is used to taking care of people.  

“At Form1 people sit at the heart of everything we do and that starts with looking after our own. When we look after our own people – staff, suppliers and contractors – we know our clients needs are taken care of
too,” she adds. 

The Form1 Culture Committee is run by a dedicated group of staff members that changes annually. The team are in charge of implementing practises and events to support staff, and contribute to looking after morale and wellbeing. 

“Everyone on the committee is there because they want to be there. People might think you just plan the Christmas Party, but our culture committee explore many things, from ways to upskill team members to mental health courses and tips on how to eat healthier. We provide feedback to management about how
we can grow and evolve the culture and create an environment where people thrive.”  

With four businesses within the group – Form1 Fire, Form1 Air, PRM and gls – as well as a number of branches across NSW and ACT, Form1 is a big business with an equally big heart. 

“We give our staff a voice which means they are more likely to get involved and make suggestions for how we can do things better.”  

Does your company have a culture committee? What makes your work environment thrive? We’d love to know.

3 tips for creating a positive environment at work

    1. 1. Start your own culture committee at work – Ask around and see who wants to be involved. You’ll be surprised by who wants to be involved and the great ideas they contribute.

      2. Culture is about individuals – Every person is different. One team member might need to be checked in on regularly and another might need an important conversation every few months. It’s about getting to know, and caring about, the individual.

      3. Culture starts with connection – This year one of our staff members was regularly checking in on another colleague. One day he made her a gift, just to say thank you. It was so personal and special, for both of them. Culture starts with connection. 

Statistics on workplace culture

According to the State of the Global Workplace 2021 Report, — in Australia and New Zealand, only 20% of employees said they feel engaged, and 45% experience daily stress. Here are a few other things to note:

  • Company culture is an important factor for 46% of job seekers.
  • Married candidates value culture more than their single colleagues.
  • 94% of entrepreneurs and 88% of job seekers say that a healthy culture at work is vital for success.
  • 86% of job seekers avoid companies with a bad reputation.
  • Millennials prioritise ‘people and culture fit’ above everything else.
  • Team leaders have the highest impact on company culture.
  • Having highly engaged employees can lead to a 202% increase in performance.
  • 69% of employees would work harder if they received more recognition.
  • Around 63% of US companies find it harder to retain than to hire workers.
  • A culture that attracts high-calibre employees leads to a 33% revenue increase.