What makes Facebook and Google great places to work? A simple sneak peek reveals that their success stems from within – from their organizational culture.

Let’s first look clearly at what an organizational culture is, shall we? It boils down to the basic philosophies, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that you want reflected in your company. How do you want your employees to feel when they walk into your workplace? Your organizational culture defines that.

So do I start offering free food and other perks?

As tempting as that sounds, you don’t need to overthink it. You can do simple things like offering employees the flexibility to make a few decisions and allowing them to show their creativity in projects.  A company that doesn’t restrict employees too much and gives them space to grow is said to have a good culture in place.

There are two types of employees – the ones who can’t wait to work and the ones who can’t wait to leave. Check yourself. How excited are your colleagues at the prospect of staying back one weekend to finish a project? If the level is high, you’re part of a good culture.

So does a good culture mean giving employees all the freedom they need without expecting anything?

No. It’s about finding a balance between overworking and being over lenient. Don’t frown the next time your employee asks you if he can come late. Try to empathise with his situation and work out a plan that works for both of you. A little flexibility goes a long way in converting a casual employee into a loyal one.

In a nutshell, try to give your employees a good work-life balance so they don’t frown at the prospect of staying back at work when it’s needed. Make them feel appreciated and gain their loyalty.

A happy workplace leads to better productivity, more enthusiasm from employees and an overall positive impact on your organization’s functioning.