What Are The Characteristics of a Successful Culture at Work?
The characteristics of a successful culture at work can be described in one word — SUCCESS. All companies want their organizational culture to help them to succeed for their business and their people.
Success may be defined in various ways according to the situation but in the corporate world, success is generally defined by some combination of:
The Definition of Corporate Culture
Before we list the characteristics of a successful culture at work, let’s start with a clear definition of workplace culture. We define corporate culture as “The Way” things truly get done in an organization based upon how people think, behave, and work on a day-to-day basis.
The Origins of Corporate Culture
In theory, organizational culture can start from anywhere — an individual, a team, or an informal or formal leader. In practice, organizational culture is often created by the original founder and early leaders and then spread through company vision, mission, and values statements combined with corporate practices, policies, processes, structures, communications, strategies, and philosophies.
Over time, behavior patterns and practices that repeatedly work and are rewarded tend to become cultural norms. Things that have negative consequences and that are less successful personally and professionally tend to shrink and disappear from the culture over time.
The Impact of Corporate Culture on Business Success
When aligned with a clear and compelling business strategy, strong cultures can drive incredible results. Our latest organizational alignment research found that characteristics of a successful culture account for 40% of the difference between high and low performing companies in terms of revenue growth, profitability, customer loyalty, leadership effectiveness, and employee engagement.
Five Research-Backed Characteristics of a Successful Culture
Culturally, what does it take to achieve success? In companies with highly healthy, high performing, and aligned corporate cultures, employees:
The Bottom Line
Your strategy must go through your culture and your people to be successfully implemented. The way things get done has an enormous influence on how an organization reacts to changes and pressures. So design your strategies and hire the right people — but don’t neglect the critical role of culture in making it happen.
To learn about how to align your culture with your strategy, download How To Create a Purposeful and Aligned Culture to Best Execute Your Strategy
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