Culture within workplaces

by Shweta Ramkumar

Pictured below are some of the many events that the radiology company I work for organise regularly to create a sense of unity and community within the workplace and to help us connect better with one another. Most recently, they hosted “The Biggest Morning Tea” to raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria (hence all the glorious delicious food on display). We have several other similar fundraising events for Mental Health, Parkinson’s, Motor Neuron, Alzheimer and Dementia diseases, sports-based events for Aussie Rules Football, Melbourne Cup Day and of course, festivals such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

These events, rewards and remuneration program, encouraging staff to participate in feedback surveys and using a positive and encouraging tone of communication is one of many ways in which the company creates a culture of employee engagement within the organisation. According to Daniel Coyle’s book “The Culture Code”, culture within an organisation is defined by a set of living relationships moving towards a common goal together and signified by the words used, level of formality in the language spoken, open transparent communication and connections built on a daily basis. These principles can also be applied to create a cohesive positive culture within families, community groups, sports teams, business teams and even friendship groups.

The engagement committee in the organisation work tirelessly everyday to make our workplace a welcoming, positive, supportive, encouraging, transparent and honest one full of integrity and devoid of corporate politics, bullying and toxicity which most workplaces these days are infamous for. Its one of the many reasons why this role is the longest I’ve lasted within an organisation throughout my career and find it so rewarding and such a privilege to be a part of their team. If I had more time, I would’ve certainly expressed my interest in being a part of the organisation’s engagement committee as I have a lot to contribute in that space.

The purpose of this post is to highlight the importance of sharing your non-career / professional experiences, passion, talents and gifts within your workplace or team so that your colleagues get to know the real human behind the professional front. Find opportunities to contribute your time, energy and resources to the broader community in the workplace as often as possible to build better connections and relationships there. After all, you are spending a significant part of your day working so making it an enjoyable experience for yourself and valuable one for your colleagues could go a long way in personal fulfillment, career advancement and progression.

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Hi, I'm Shweta

I coach non-native English speaking healthcare professionals how to advance in their career and build better relationships with their patients and colleagues by expressing themselves more articulately and confidently in the English language.

I work closely with healthcare professionals who work with patients regularly. I help them improve their communication skills when interacting with patients and colleagues, teach them how to show up authentically, assertively and articulately in their field of work in order for them to ultimately gain credibility, validation and respect.

If you work in a clinical role in the healthcare industry and would like to learn more about how to better connect and communicate openly with your clients / patients, book a complimentary 30 minute discovery call with me to see how I can best support you.

Shweta Ramkumar - English Language Confidence Coach