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  • October 23, 2023

Avoid These Culture-Killing Mistakes When Cultivating a Positive Workplace Culture

Creating a positive workplace culture isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a genuine game-changer. Our recent survey results highlighted that 50% of respondents believe that a positive work culture has the most significant impact on employee retention. That’s a powerful testament to its importance.

However, while many organisations strive to build a positive culture, it’s essential to be aware of common mistakes that can hinder progress. In this blog post, we’ll explore these pitfalls and provide insights on how to avoid them.

1. Neglecting employee input:

One of the biggest mistakes organisations make is assuming they know what’s best for their employees without actively involving them in the process. Failing to seek employee input can lead to a culture that doesn’t truly reflect the needs and values of the workforce. To avoid this, you need always to be actively listening to your employee voice.

2. Overlooking psychological safety:

Psychological safety is the foundation of a positive work culture. It’s the belief that one can express their thoughts and ideas without fear of retribution or ridicule. Many organisations overlook this crucial aspect, which stifles open communication and innovation. To address this, prioritise creating an environment where employees feel safe to speak up.

3. Ignoring inclusivity:

A diverse workforce brings a wealth of perspectives and experiences. However, ignoring inclusivity can lead to a culture that favours certain groups over others, leading to dissatisfaction and turnover. Organisations must actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to ensure that all employees feel valued and included.

4. Lack of leadership buy-in:

A positive work culture starts at the top. When leadership fails to demonstrate a commitment to the desired culture, it sends mixed signals to the rest of the organisation. Leadership must lead by example, embodying the values and behaviours they want to see throughout the company.

5. Focusing solely on perks:

While offering perks like ping-pong tables and free snacks can create a fun environment, they don’t necessarily contribute to a positive culture on their own. Mistakenly relying on perks without addressing deeper cultural issues can lead to a superficial atmosphere that lacks substance. Instead, prioritise meaningful cultural changes that align with your organisation’s values.

6. Neglecting continuous improvement:

Cultivating a positive culture is an ongoing process. Some organisations make the mistake of assuming that once a few changes are implemented, the job is done. In reality, culture is fluid and should adapt to evolving needs and challenges. Regularly assess your culture, actively listen to your employees’ voice and make necessary adjustments.

Remember, creating a positive workplace culture is an ongoing journey—one that requires dedication, continuous improvement, and a commitment to the well-being of your employees. By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll be better equipped to build a culture that not only retains talent but also propels your organisation to new heights.


At Trickle, we’re here to ensure you not only hear your employees but also take meaningful action. Interested in discovering how our platform can empower you to create, nurture, and evolve a positive workplace culture? Reach out to our team today for a personalised demonstration here.