Workplace culture

Workplace culture

What is workplace culture?

Workplace culture is the combination of the processes, attitudes, values and behaviours that exist within a workplace, and the ways in which they impact on the business and its staff. A culture may be largely determined by the expectations of management, or may have evolved over many years among staff, and is often accepted without question.

While there may never be any intention to exclude particular groups or individuals, certain cultural norms at work can result in some people being disadvantaged. This can include, for example, companies where there is an expectation to work very long hours. Many women find it difficult to balance the demands of their job with childcare, and in the context of a long hours culture, these women are seen as less committed to the business.

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