High Five: True Company Culture

Company Culture

 

Uncover True Company Culture within a Potentially Fabricated Workplace

How do you know if your company has what it takes to keep your employees enthusiastically engaged? Company culture is the personality of a company. It is important because it can either energize employees or drain their souls entirely. Workplace productivity and happiness rely heavily on your company culture.

Leaders are ever mobile; sailing in and out of the office with a schedule committed to business development, client conferences, networking opportunities, professional development, and financial meetings to name just a few. Most of the time, leaders do not diagnose the company culture for what it truly is. They see it from an optimistic lens: employees working together harmoniously, exceeding deadlines left and right, and celebrating their accomplishments together as an indestructible team.

We don’t work in a utopia though. Sometimes, it is easier for us to ignore the off days, avoiding conflict, and wait for everything to magically improve on its own. Upon continual evasion of difficult discussions however, you will end up with a team filled with resentment and lack of trust.

Leaders need to take the time and initiative to sit down and invasively dissect their true company culture.

Leaders need to take the time and initiative to sit down and invasively dissect their true company culture. It’s something that is inevitably uncomfortable and often times painful, but the alternative is far worse for your bottom line.

5 Signs of a Strong Company Culture:

  1. The company has a low employee turnover rate
  2. Open communication and constructive conflict resolution are applied in every situation
  3. Change is something that is welcomed rather than dreaded and avoided
  4. Employees trust one another and genuinely enjoy working together
  5. The company has a high level of productivity resulting in solid financial performance

5 Best Companies to Work For:

  1. Salesforce
  2. Wegmens Food Markets
  3. Ultimate Software
  4. The Boston Consulting Group
  5. Edward Jones

Credit: Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018

Exercise:

Take a minute to review the 5 items listed below. Rate on a scale of 1-10 (ten being highly established) how you believe your company scores in each of these areas. Now have your employees, anonymously, rate them. Compare the results. Focus on the areas with the largest gaps between you and your employees’ responses. As the leader, come up with a business strategy to improve on your company’s weaknesses.

  1. Values
  2. Innovation
  3. Financial Growth
  4. Leadership Effectiveness
  5. Trust

 

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