A Positive Company Culture is Worth It
It takes constant clarity, effort, and perseverance to shape and maintain a positive company culture for your people and for your business. But assessing workplace culture and acting upon the results are worth it.
Successful organizations and leaders understand and leverage their positive corporate culture to win the talent war and to outperform their competition.
If You’ve Got It, Keep It
Let’s say you’ve worked hard to improve your culture to the point where you can be proud of how things truly get done in your organization. The known and unspoken corporate values and assumptions that drive key business practices and behaviors are in sync across the company and are aligned with the strategic direction you are heading.
We know that company cultures, regardless of their strength, progress and change over time. So it is your challenge to see that your positive company culture stays aligned with your strategy and to ensure that your talent keeps true to your high standards of behavior. This combination sets you up to perform at your peak.
7 Threats to a Positive Company Culture
Here are seven of the most common threats to a positive company culture — the pollutants that can undermine what you worked so hard to build:
Do what it takes to have open and honest conversations so that important feelings and issues do not fester. Root out back-channeling whenever you see it.
Clearly define and stick to relevant, fair, and meaningful standards of success and failure to protect what matters most in your positive company culture.
There is so much that cannot be communicated in an email – body language and empathy for example – and once in print your email thoughts cannot be retracted or easily changed.
Foster strong interpersonal relationships and meaningful one-on-one connections across the company.
Be sure that you give proportionate credit only where it’s due and in enough detail to show that you were really paying attention and make sure that you proportionately reward and recognize what matters most at your company.
Everyone should know where they stand and what is required to get where they want to go.
Your team will appreciate that you shoulder the responsibility as a leader and demonstrate that you have their back.
Are people afraid to make mistakes at your company?
While threats may get short-term tactical results, the long-term negative impact on organizational health, employee engagement, and alignment can be deadly.
Weed out bullies early and often to protect your company’s cultural health and well-being.
The Bottom Line
A company culture matters — a lot. Once you’ve created a healthy and aligned workplace culture, stay vigilant and see that you are not guilty of any of the top threats that can derail a positive company culture.
To understand the three components required to build a positive company culture to outperform your peers, download The 3 Must-Have Levels of a High Performance Culture – Backed by Research
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