The word “culture” originates from the Latin word meaning to “cultivate” a piece of land. So it makes perfect sense that developing a positive work culture is about cultivating people, teams, and groups so they grow and develop to their full potential and sustain your organization’s goals and priorities.

This work requires constant tending and purposeful intention by managers and leaders, and Duke Human Resources is here to provide you with the resources and tools to help.

According to a recent report by the Society for Human Resources Management, four of the top five reasons employees leave their employer are tied to workplace culture – not pay. For that reason, it's unlikely higher pay alone can make up for the damage caused by a poor work environment.

Managers and leaders can help create a positive work culture by incorporate culture cues into their daily operations – constant little reminders about our common purpose and how people are helping to support and advance our shared missions.

Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It’s not something you are. It’s something you do.

Daniel Coyle, The Culture Code

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