HR and Organizational Culture: Hiring, Policies

There are several concepts that have only grown and magnified in importance for businesses of all sizes in the last couple decades, and one that cannot be ignored here is organizational culture. A number of different variables can have a big impact on your company’s culture, and your human resources team is a great example of one key such variable.

At WTA Inc., we’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of human resource services to businesses around Salt Lake City, including specific solutions like payroll services, PEO services and employer liability programs – but also including vital broader concepts like organizational culture and more. Across this two-part blog series, we’ll look at why organizational culture is such a key topic for many businesses large and small, plus some of the major areas where a strong HR services team can play a big role in boosting your culture. 

HR and Organizational Culture Hiring, Policies

Why Organizational Culture is So Vital

Across the entire business sector, there has been a major shift towards prioritizing employee engagement and satisfaction in recent years. Companies have come to recognize that happy, engaged employees are not only more productive, but they also contribute to a positive work environment that attracts top talent and retains it over the long term. 

This emphasis on employee well-being has naturally led to a greater focus on organizational culture – the shared values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that define the overall work environment. Companies with a strong culture tend to have higher levels of employee engagement, lower turnover rates, and better overall performance. This is why many businesses are investing time and resources into building and maintaining a positive culture within their organization. 

Our next several sections, and on into part two of our series, will go over the major ways a strong HR department helps you shape your company’s culture. 

Recruitment, Hiring and Onboarding

Some of the most important elements of organizational culture involve the recruitment, hiring and onboarding processes. HR teams are responsible for creating job descriptions that accurately reflect the company’s values and goals, as well as finding candidates who align with these values. Additionally, a smooth onboarding process can set new employees up for success and help them become integrated into the culture quickly. 

HR departments also play a crucial role in training new hires on company policies, expectations and values. This sets a strong foundation for the employee’s journey with the company and helps them understand how their role contributes to the overall culture. 

Developing and Updating Policies and Procedures

Another key aspect of organizational culture is having clear and consistent policies and procedures in place. This not only helps employees understand their responsibilities, but it also promotes a sense of fairness and transparency within the organization. HR teams are responsible for developing and updating these policies to align with the company’s values, as well as ensuring they are communicated effectively to all employees. 

In part two of our series, we will continue discussing the role of HR in shaping organizational culture. At WTA Inc., we understand the importance of a strong company culture and are dedicated to helping our clients build and maintain one through our comprehensive HR services. We believe that by investing in your employees’ well-being and creating a positive work environment, your company will thrive and see long-term success. Contact us to learn more!