How Workplace Culture Affects Employee Engagement

Our experienced recruiter, Max Pheysey, discusses the importance of workplace culture and how it affects employee engagement.


It is widely researched and recognised that increased employee engagement is a result of a strong company culture. But what does organisational culture mean to candidates?

We speak to a variety of candidate’s every day with different preferences on the type of role, industry sector and cultural environment they prefer to work in. When speaking to candidates, we will always ask, ‘what does company culture mean to you?’. As it is of equal importance to start a new position that you really like, in an organisation that you feel has a comfortable and enjoyable working environment.

It’s important for candidates to outline the type of environment they would like to work in, and the specific characteristics that enable them to be successful and productive. As being unclear of the company culture or having a false representation can be detrimental for both parties.

A recent study revealed that 32% of employees have left a job as the culture wasn’t what they expected it to be.

Many candidates will place workplace culture as one of the most important factors to consider when looking for a new position. They are confident in their abilities but require the right environment and peers to truly thrive.

Working in an environment with a culture that is matched to candidates needs will largely increase employee engagement and happiness in the workplace.

But what is happiness in the workplace? It is a term thrown around loosely and can be difficult to define and measure.

Ultimately happiness isn’t a constant feeling of elation and ecstasy, it’s prolonged contentment and satisfaction, despite the high and lows of everyday life. Happiness at work more specifically refers to someone loving their job, the company they work for and their co-workers, regardless of having off days and experiencing hiccups along the way.

A positive workplace environment is much more likely to foster happiness in the workplace and therefore lead to increased employee engagement.

When employees are happy, they are more invested in the business and in helping it succeed, therefore they are more productive and motivated.

Employees who feel heard and appreciated are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform at their best.


How to drive a positive workplace culture and in turn improve employee engagement?


  • Open communication
    Ensuring management and employees are on the same page by keeping communication open and honest. This also fosters a culture of collaboration and builds strong relationships.


  • Continuous feedback
    Fostering a culture that encourages regular feedback and employee contribution, will improve culture and employee engagement. Businesses need to be willing to listen and act upon employee feedback in order to create a positive environment. Giving employees a voice and enabling them to feel heard also supports engagement.


  • Acknowledgement and recognition
    Identifying and rewarding hard work and effort can have a remarkable impact on culture. The more employees feel as though they are valued and are contributing to the success of the organisation, the more engaged they will be.


  • Creating a culture of acceptance
    A recent Google study identified that one of the key factors that contributed to a successful team was the ability to make mistakes and learn from them. It’s important for employees to feel as though they can voice their ideas and opinions, try new things and be able to take risks and make mistakes without being punished. If employees feel as though they can be authentic and are trusted, they will thrive.


The relationship between workplace culture and employee engagement is undeniable, as they both influence and affect one another. Fostering a positive working environment where employees feel supported and motivated, will ultimately lead to a more engaged workplace and happy workplace.



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Author: Max Pheysey

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