The power of positive culture…

There’s a lot of talk nowadays about the impact of culture on the success of a business, but is it all just a bit of fluff? If employees are paid well, they should be happy with their jobs, right?

They should feel motivated to come to work and give 100%. They should be proactive and engaged with business. After all, they’re paid above industry average and are offered good perks.

Wrong.

A recent sudy by Deloitte states that 87% of organizations cite culture as one of their top challenges. Culture is no longer that ‘thing’ in the business that doesn’t matter. It has become an integral contributor to the fabric of a business that engages employees and inspires them to be motivated and committed to the business.

Here are 2 real-life case-studies for you to consider.

Company A – is a big multinational, market leader in their industry and the pre-eminent name in their field. While hugely successful the business was starting to crumble as employees began adopting a ‘what’s in it for me?’ mentality from senior leaders.

Company B – is a blue-collar, male dominated industrial workplace with a negative culture compounded by poor cashflow and a divisive workforce.

Company A, undergo a change of leadership and ownership, a change in strategic direction and introduce high performing individuals from outside the industry. Some employees, considered ‘sympathisers’ of the old management, leave of their own accord although some continue on. Naively, the business owners assume that the introduction of new blood would ‘fix’ the issue. Unfortunately, the new additions slowly adopted the previous culture and the business continues to struggle with poor performance, retention and success.

Company B acquires our services to work with them to transform their culture. We devise a tailored and structured training program for its senior leaders focusing on improving their capacity and refining their skills to effectively manage the business. Monthly training sessions, along with clear action plans and practical skills of how to address the negative culture, sees a distinct change in culture, morale, engagement and performance in just six months.

Culture is no longer that thing in the business that doesn’t matter; rather an integral contributor to the fabric of your business that engages employee and inspires their improved performance and commitment to the business. Improving and developing culture takes times and work. There is no quick fix, but if neglected a dysfunctional culture can have severe ramifications for your business. Your company’s culture can be your cutting-edge or your Achilles’s heel.



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