Annual reports show that year after year the amount of hours worked per week by the average American keep steadily dropping, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like that huh? With all of the time people spend at their jobs, it is important to have a healthy, positive corporate culture for a business to thrive. Without it, the amount of hurdles a company faces is near limitless. Who wants to go into work all of those many hours, week in and week out, to a place where the culture is negative, backstabbing, secretive, unwelcoming, or more? Positive corporate culture is one of those phrases that gets thrown around a lot nowadays, but this article is going to give tips on how to build and nurture one because it truly does matter that much.

Companies that cultivate gratitude among their employees are well on the road to building a positive corporate culture because of the many ancillary benefits that come with gratitude. Gracious people are more likely to work better in teams and develop trusting working relationships with their colleagues. Giving people a vehicle to express appreciation for one another in a public forum raises the morale of the entire group, establishes a positive tone for the week, and helps people feel acknowledged and valued. These things increase gratitude as well.

Creating a safe working environment is another thing that has a big impact on a positive corporate culture. And when we say safe, we’re not talking about physically safe (though that’s obviously important too), we’re talking about one where respect, trust, and honesty rule the day. There is nothing more toxic than a workplace where all of those things are absent. When that happens, employees don’t care about each other, don’t attempt to take the slightest amount of risk for the benefit of a project or initiative, and don’t work well together because everyone is worried about getting stabbed in the back. The best companies strive to have a safe working environment where success can thrive.

Lastly, personal responsibility is one of those traits that should be sought out intensely in every single interview to prevent a lack of it within an organization. When each employee does their part and doesn’t lean on other employees unless it’s an emergency, there is a real sense of cooperation and productivity. No one likes being taken advantage of, feeling like they’re working with lazy people, or not having their time respected. All of these things can be results of a lack of personal responsibility. When everyone demonstrates personal responsibility daily, efficiency, effectiveness, and positive corporate culture go through the roof!