Great Culture Hinges on Learning & Growth

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Eric Knudsen, Ph.D, Glint/LinkedIn

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Add something else to the list of what’s changed in the working world over the past year: Employees now consider opportunities to learn and grow as the top driver of a great work culture. According to Glint’s latest Employee Well-Being Report, employees’ feelings on what constitutes a positive work culture have shifted—owing largely to the pandemic. Opportunities to learn and grow jumped eight spots to become the top driver of work culture by the end of 2020. Belonging is now the second most-important driver, surging four spots. And organizational values—the extent to which employees believe their organization lives its values—moved up five spots to become the third most-important culture driver. Why did the drivers of a great work culture change so drastically in 2020? Because the way we work changed drastically in 2020. In the past, work culture was shaped heavily by in-person interactions: water-cooler chats, shared meals, team retreats, and the like. So, when the pandemic not only stripped away physical interaction but also threatened our safety, the less tangible drivers of work culture—growth opportunities, belonging, and values—became much more important to employees. Employees want more from their employers than just a paycheck. They want to be challenged; they want to work in a space into which they can bring their whole selves; and they want leaders to mean what they say and say what they mean.

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