Understanding the elements of culture that matter most to employees can help leaders maintain employee engagement and a vibrant culture as they transition to the new normal.

Leaders face a series of challenges while navigating the post-COVID-19 return to work. They must retain star employees, attract new recruits, and maintain a healthy culture as the workforce adjusts to a new reality that will include more remote and hybrid work.


The 10 Elements of Culture That Matter Most to Employees

  1. Employees feel respected. Employees are treated with consideration, courtesy, and dignity, and their perspectives are taken seriously.
  2. Supportive leaders. Leaders help employees do their work, respond to requests, accommodate employees’ individual needs, offer encouragement, and have their backs.
  3. Leaders live core values. Leaders’ actions are consistent with the organization’s values.
  4. Toxic managers. Leaders create a poisonous work environment and are described in extremely negative terms.
  5. Unethical behavior. Managers and employees lack integrity and act in an unethical manner.
  6. Benefits. Employees’ assessment of all employer-provided benefits.
  7. Perks. Employees’ assessment of workplace amenities and perks.
  8. Learning and development. Employees’ assessment of opportunities for formal and informal learning.
  9. Job security. Perceived job security, including fear of layoffs, offshoring, and automation.
  10. Reorganizations. How employees view reorganizations, including frequency and quality.