What is Workplace Culture?

Workplace culture can be defined in many different ways, but in the spirit of keeping things simple, you can think of it as the personality of your organisation. We focus on the elements within your organisation that have a direct impact on that personality, because these elements become your levers for culture change and growth. 

When many people focus on workplace culture, there are some typical areas that tend to get the lion's share of the attention. Here's what often makes the list: 

These focus areas are all extremely important for defining and growing your culture, but on their own they form an incomplete picture. 

Typical Culture Elements2
All Culture Elements3

Here you can see that there are other elements, less commonly linked with workplace culture, that also have a significant cultural impact. We take a holistic and integrated approach and focus on all 13 of these elements, because we know each and every one matters. 


These elements fall into two broad areas of workplace culture, your Infrastructure, and your Attitudes and Behaviours. To create a healthy, aligned culture, both are critical. 

Leadership Capability across an organisation (our 13th element) lays the foundation for all other aspects of culture. Without effective leadership, even the best efforts in other areas are likely to be ineffective. Hence why leadership capability underpins our other 12 elements.


Here's how this all shakes down to create the structure for the Acentia Framework:


Learn more about the Acentia system here


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