How Does Culture Affect the Workplace?
As clear and compelling as your strategy may be, it must go through your culture to be successfully implemented. Because your workplace culture must be aligned with your strategy, smart leaders ask “How does culture affect the workplace?”
The relationship between culture and strategy was recently highlighted in a study of 1,200 senior executives by Bain where 91% agreed that “culture is as important as strategy for business success.”
The Definition of Workplace Culture
Before we answer the question of “How does culture affect the workplace,” let’s define corporate culture.
We define corporate culture as how things actually get done in an organization. It can be measured by observing and understanding the way employees think, behave and work. This includes the known and unspoken values and assumptions that drive key business practices and behaviors – especially those of a company’s leaders in who they hire, fire and promote.
Why Organizational Culture Matters
Corporate culture does indeed have a “hard” and quantifiable effect on performance and we know that a winning performance culture is how an organization can successfully outperform its peers.
So How Do You Create a High Performance Culture?
Any culture transformation needs to be a company-wide effort in order to succeed. Leaders must be on board, and employees must be allowed to actively create the values and behaviors that they will be most proud of and willing to stand behind. Actively win over any naysayers or compassionately persuade them to move on.
The Bottom Line
Strategy (the What) and culture (the How) are inextricably linked. You can’t achieve your business goals if your culture gets in the way. Actively involve everyone to win over their hearts and minds. Is your corporate culture helping or hindering your business strategy?
To learn more about “How does culture affect the workplace,” download The 3 Levels of a High Performance Culture
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