10 Principles of Organizational Culture to Adopt for Success
Working to improve or redirect a workplace culture and philosophy is a big undertaking. It requires a singular vision, support of the management team, and buy-in from staff. Even with those elements in place, an organizational culture shift relies on consistent and frequent communication across the company. Here are some tips to start and maintain a great workplace environment.
Start by “Working With What You’ve Got”
As you begin the process of implementing a new organizational culture, first do no harm. You can abandon procedures that have been ineffective but stick to the processes that have worked in the past.
Work on Changing Behaviors
Workplace cultures don’t change because the corporate team has come up with a catchy slogan or new style guide. Mind-sets follow behaviors; not the other way around. Build good habits and processes, so that when you are ready to unleash the new strategy, you can use examples of what the staff is already doing.
Focus on Critical Behaviors to Change
To make the behaviors serve a new mind-set, focus on two or three you identify as needing improvement and work on them. Trying to change everything is a recipe for failure.
Engage Natural Non-Management Leaders
To achieve successful organizational culture change, you need buy-in from rank and file members of staff. Identify popular and influential team members below the management line and ask them to help you workshop the changes you want to make.
Hold Managers Accountable
Managers must be 100% in lockstep and committed to the new vision, using the same language and attitude to communicate the organizational culture improvement plan.
Show the Link Between Behavior and Results
When the plan is unveiled to the staff, make sure they understand tangible ways that their work can lead to the desired goals of the organization.
Celebrate the First Success Quickly
People have short attention spans, so you must capitalize on the momentum of your new initiatives. The second you have a success story, broadcast it company-wide!
Encourage Organic Social Media Engagement
Treat your non-management leaders like influencers. Give them access to the company’s social media accounts and encourage them to talk up your efforts.
Merge the Efforts of Formal and Informal Leaders
Set up brainstorming sessions between your managers and influencers, and make sure their strategies are feeding each other.
Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust
Like any other strategy, you must monitor your cultural plan and objectively see what is working and make changes to anything that is not.