Culture is more than just a hot topic, it’s not just a buzzword, it’s a requirement. It’s a hard business principle that drives your employees. In the increasingly competitive market (and talent market), it has never been more important to evaluate what kind of culture you need your organization to be. The malleability of this internal society has to be relevant to those on the front line of your organization - your team. Understand the significance of the buy-in, the intangible nature, the dominos of change and you can effectively alter your culture… after all - it is yours to change.
Which Culture is Yours?
There is no all-inclusive type of culture. For your employees to engage with the company culture, the social inner workings of the organization, it needs to be based on the team’s fluid feeling of purpose. Whether you want the company to be faster, better, friendlier, etc., it’s imperative to change the culture accordingly - because for work to change, HR has to change.
There’s a Buy-In
It’s a shared initiative. Staff members need to be engaged in the culture for the environment in the office to really evolve. Business strategies might be lacking, but that’s okay because according to Randy G. Pennington (@RandyPennington), President of Pennington Performance Group, said in his session It’s The Culture, Stupid! Change Your Culture - Change Your Results:
“You have to buy the premise… that premise is culture, and culture always wins."
Change Isn’t the Last Step
Results can’t happen without regular maintenance, so in order to sustain the cultural shift throughout the company, you need to cultivate the internal language. Define the purpose, vision and values through underscoring the current reality among your team, and create a continual awareness.
Cultural change doesn’t happen, it’s purposeful. Whether that’s a disregard to a declining positive atmosphere in the office or a direct drive towards an environment that fits the company and your team, it happens with cause. Your culture is yours to change; understand what you need to put in the hard work and development to make a continuous effort for a better company culture.