Culture is important. No, not afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches but organisational culture. Often seen as a concern of global businesses and government departments, in fact every enterprise, from largest to smallest, has one, whether it likes it or not. The question is, do you want to have some input into yours or just leave it to chance? So, what is organisational culture? Depending on what you read, it might be, “…the behaviours required to fit in…” or, “…a set of shared assumptions…” But in essence, however you dress it up, your culture
Professional standards are evident across all areas of industry in the UK and worldwide, in particular in the healthcare, education and financial sectors. We live in a world full of standards but what exactly is a professional standard and why do we need them? According to the British Standards Institute a standard is in essence ‘an agreed way of doing something. It could be about making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials.’ Professional standards are created to outline the requirements an organisation must fulfill to ensure quality
Employment is a transaction, right? People go to work to get paid (to keep a roof over their head, food on the table, send the kids to university, etc.). Employers pay people to come to work. Simple. So, why the constant fuss about employee satisfaction and even, happiness? Put simply, happy employees are more productive … and a more productive business is more secure, more profitable, etc. In fact, a study by the University of Warwick actually put a figure on this: happy people are 12% more productive.