As organisations and employees increasingly pay more attention to wellbeing and its importance for business success and low employee turnover, a workplace's culture becomes an essential component. In a company, some things are quick and easy to change, and culture may not be one of them. Changing an organisation’s culture can take months, if not years, of painstaking effort. Many fail or get stuck in the process for various reasons, but some tips can help an organisation progress cultural change in the long term. Read on for our top tips!
What is Cultural Change?
Why Might Companies Need to Change their Culture?
On another note, we’ve all seen those headlines where some company gets caught up in a scandal or has a PR nightmare. Moments like that are wake-up calls, making organisations take a hard look at their culture to win back trust.
When a new captain takes the wheel, like a new CEO or manager, they bring their own flavour to the mix. Sometimes that means changing things up a bit to match their vision, which isn't necessarily negative, but changes to an entire organisation must be done carefully to avoid hard push-back from current workers. And speaking of fresh and new, who doesn’t want a workplace buzzing with thriving ideas, team huddles, and good chats? If that’s missing, take that into consideration as it may take a hit to morale and negatively impact a team's performance. All in all, the team and work culture of a company starts from the top down and plays a massive role in overall performance outcomes.
For example, when two companies merge, blending two completely different office cultures can be a hard task and may take a while for both sides to seamlessly work together. The rise in technological advancements is also consistently happening, meaning companies need to be agile, innovative, and ready to roll with the changes alongside their employees.
If a company is going global, that’s another curveball for workplace culture. Moving into a new country means adapting to how things may be done differently, from office banter to professional speak.
Tips for Changing Culture for the Long-Term
#1 Know your Current Culture
#2 Communication is Key
#3 Evaluate Progress Along the Way
#4 Establish a Team
#5 Make Culture a Part of Everyday Life
#6 Make Gradual Changes
#7 Make the Most of the Existing Culture
#8 Have a Budget
#9 Lead with the Leaders
#10 Benefits of New Employees
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