Leaders often talk about workplace culture, but it's hard to put a finger on what it means, or how it's developed.
It comes from the people hired and the way they're treated, but it's also something leaders have to cultivate.
“It involves inspirational leaders who really work at bringing people together and creating community and recognizing people for what they do and creating meaning in their work,” said John Challenger, CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “It's really not quite on a checklist.”
People “want to work really hard” and know their work needs to fit well with their personal life, Challenger said. One way of accomplishing this is by setting a framework for culture or ideas that employees can rally around.
These are among the attributes that help land companies on the annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare list.