The Right Corporate Culture Helps Employees Choose the Right Path

A businessman is at a fork in the road: the right culture could help him choose well

Organizational culture can be simply defined as the way things get done in a business day by day. Every company has a workplace culture, whether by default or design. The right kind of corporate culture—one that supports a positive, open, trusting, learning environment—rarely occurs on its own. We maintain that a healthy cultural environment can be created over time given the right purpose, commitment and encouragement.

We have worked with high growth-minded clients for over twenty years in helping them define and shape the kind of organizational culture they want…one that aligns with their business strategy and their talent management plan. We help them shape the culture that will best drive their key business initiatives forward in a way that makes sense.

Why do business leaders care about something many may deem as “soft”? Because we can tell them that, beyond making their company a great place to work, there are real financial benefits to having a culture that leverages their business strategy. A recent Harvard Business School research report described how an effective culture can account for up to half of the differential in performance between organizations in the same business. And our own organizational alignment research found that cultural factors account for up to 40% of the difference between high and low growth companies. So – corporate culture matters to both the hard and soft sides of the ledger.

Where does this leave the individual employee? Many psychologists say that fear and love are the primary filters of human behavior. Think of “fear” as your lesser self…your ego…a way to define yourself through external factors and others. Then think of “love” as the absence of fear…your inner purpose or your “why.”

These two opposing forces govern our choices of how we treat ourselves and others both on and off work. They pretty much define how we engage with people and provide the basis for how we think, behave and work. One supports a positive culture…the other a negative culture.

Researchers estimate that we have as many as 12,000 to 17,000 thoughts per day and about 80% of those thoughts—conscious or unconscious—are negative. What if you could turn those negative thoughts to the positive?

Ultimately, we are responsible for our thoughts. We make choices every day about which thoughts we pay attention to. Surrounding employees with a positive corporate culture will help them choose the positive path to move your strategy forward. They will be more likely to treat themselves and their colleagues in a positive, encouraging, supportive and respectful way.

Why not choose “love” over “fear” and build the kind of workplace that engages and retains your top talent?

To learn more about creating a high performance culture, download The 3 “C’s” that Create High Performance Culture Whitepaper

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