Implementing Cultural Change in the Workplace

Changing an established culture is one of the most difficult tasks professionals face in the workplace. Company culture is the personality of an organization, made up of the organization’s mission, expectations, and work atmosphere. Company culture determines how the employees and management interact. Ultimately, culture is one of the most critical factors in creating success for the organization.

Creating or preserving a healthy company culture can encourage solutions or innovations that may not have occurred in a more negative environment. When employees feel valued, productivity is likely to increase. However, when culture change is needed, both top leaders and employees must be the drivers of it.

A great example of implementing culture change comes from a Chicago-based company*. When they found employee burnout increasing, the company saw an opportunity to boost morale. Here are ways they went about it:

  • Creating an employee-appreciation day (this company named it "Hero Appreciation Day." They even wore capes!). 
  • Making morale-building a part of their routine. This includes giving their employees free pizza, going to happy hour, hosting a talent show, and having a de-stress room. 

By finding ways to make employees feel valued, they see the value in their work. One of the best practices FOCUS Training teaches managers and emerging leaders is to manage a culture where employees feel appreciated and motivated. An organization is more likely to gain success and build a great reputation when the culture is aligned with its goals.

To learn more, join us at our next HR Summit focusing on Culture Change on March 16th. Thomas Schultz, Manager of HR Consulting at Schneck SC, will be our guest presenter. 

* http://www.npr.org/2016/12/09/504930214/one-small-company-finds-a-solution-to-employee-burnout