Company culture is a major building block of every organization’s success. Transforming culture can take time and some intensive work. Here’s how to go about building transformational culture at your office.
Big picture office culture is a key piece to a successful business. However, some workplace cultures may need incremental (or serious) change. This change can lead to a boost of overall employee satisfaction, morale, and productivity over time. As a manager, facilitating a cultural transformation can be a major challenge for those who haven’t shifted dynamics before.
Here’s how to implement transformational culture at your workplace.
What is Transformational Culture in a Workplace?
Transformational culture is more than just a temporary phase. It requires commitment to a long-term shift so that all employees involved in the workplace feel that they belong and that their investment matters. When an employee feels valued and committed to a workplace, their work is statistically more productive and effective.
So, what steps do you need to take to succeed in evolving your corporate culture?
1) A cultural transformation requires an introspective look at your company. First, you must analyze and consider your current policies, commitments, processes and behaviors.
2) Do those things accurately reflect your company’s current values and beliefs? Does it align with your existing workforce and their beliefs?
3) A well-rounded transformational culture will change the way that your employees think and act. It should be progressional, inclusive, and (mostly) comfortable for your staff. Don’t confuse “comfort zone” with “comfortable”!
4) The result of any cultural transformation is that your employees (and the public) know exactly what your company stands for.
Principles that are Key To Transformational Culture
● Act Accountable: Organizations should blend the need for accountability, dialogue, learning, and growth with the need to protect relationships.
● Act Fairly: Systems and structures should deliver equity and hear the voices of its employees and customers.
● Act Inclusively: Leaders and managers should amplify inclusive practices, voices, and opinions.
● Act Sustainably: Organizations should attempt to minimize harm to the planet while meeting corporate needs and goals.
● Act Aspirationally: The people in organizations should work together with a common goal to achieve the best outcomes for everyone on the team and for the corporation.
The Benefits of Cultural Transformation
Cultural transformation can result in some serious gains for your company or organization. Communicating the future benefits to your existing and future team members is a key piece to gaining buy-in on the process of the transformation.
Some benefits to workplace culture include:
● Building a better overall workplace environment for employees and customers
● Increasing total retention of employees and customer loyalty
● Positive mental health benefits for all team members, managers, and customers
● Impacting overall employee and customer satisfaction
● Boosting productivity for all involved
Are you ready to implement transformational culture at your workplace?
As a manager or employee, change in the workplace culture can appear scary from the outset. However, those who cannot embrace pivoting and flexibility are very likely not going to be superstar team members through challenging times. Ensure that you set expectations for all employees and team members as to how change should be embraced and dealt with in the workplace. Try to implement small changes over time for some major transformational culture in your office!