HR Workplace Authenticity: Why It Matters

There are a few broad concepts that might play a major role in your company’s human resource and workplace approaches, and authenticity is often on this list. What exactly does authenticity refer to when discussing the workplace and various HR needs, and how can you work toward an authentic business culture and programs within your company? 

At WTA Inc., we assist clients around Salt Lake City with all their human resource needs, from risk management to recruitment and hiring, immigration compliance and numerous other areas. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some of the basics on what we mean by an authentic workplace and culture, why this sort of thing is important for businesses and HR departments, and some of the quality tenets of an authentic business culture.

HR Workplace Authenticity

What Do We Mean by “Authentic” Workplace Culture?

For those who might not be familiar, we use the term “authentic” in this context to refer to a positive, healthy workplace culture that is truly representative of the company and its values. This isn’t just about having a good mission statement or catchy slogans – it’s about creating an environment where employees feel engaged, supported, and valued. 

At its core, authenticity means being true to oneself and one’s principles. This applies not only to individuals, but also to organizations. An authentic workplace culture is one where the company’s values are reflected in its actions and decisions, rather than just being empty words on a plaque or website. 

Why Is Authenticity Important for Businesses?

Having an authentic workplace culture can bring numerous benefits to businesses, including: 

  • Increased employee engagement and satisfaction, leading to higher productivity and retention rates 
  • Improved overall company morale and a positive reputation in the industry 
  • Better alignment between employees’ personal values and the company’s mission, resulting in a sense of purpose for work 

In today’s competitive job market, companies that prioritize authenticity are more likely to attract top talent. And with studies showing that employees who are engaged and feel a sense of purpose are more productive, it’s clear why authenticity should be a priority for businesses. 

Now, authenticity needs to be properly combined with other workplace practices, such as diversity and inclusion, to create a truly supportive and inclusive culture. In the second part of this series, we’ll cover some steps businesses can take to foster an authentic workplace culture and how it ties into HR functions like recruitment, performance management, and more. Stay tuned! 

At WTA Inc., we believe in creating authentic and inclusive workplace cultures that benefit both employees and businesses. Contact us today to learn more about our human resource services. We look forward to helping your company thrive!