Applying emotional intelligence in the workplace

Changing Workplace Culture: A Guide

30 Apr 2018

There are several factors that can influence an organisation's work ethics. Whether the culture is established through conception or has evolved over time, it is important to be receptive to change once you see that the workplace culture is affecting your organisation performance and wellbeing.  

Keeping up with economic trends, the transformations within your sector, and the new approach required to meet changing social environment, your workforce can help identify the root cause of problems regarding corporate culture.
Hear your employees concerns
A good leader listens to what others have to offer. Other perspectives can shine a light on an existing dilemma that might not be familiar to you. Addressing the issues head on while keeping an open mind can ease your employees' worries about not being appreciated and heard.  This is not only a matter of listening and demonstrating caring.  By giving over time to listen to staff’ concerns you would also have a good grasp of what's happening in your organisation at ground level.
Consider each individual's strengths
We all have different ways of thinking through issues – our thinking style (or metaprogrammes).  Understanding the thinking style of your team will allow you to get the best out of them; playing to their strengths. 
Change the office status quo
Refurbishing the office can bring new vigour to your workplace setting. You don't have to renovate your whole office, just adding furniture or equipment can bring change to a room. A newly painted wall with the right colour can stimulate employee's creativity and efficiency.  Ban lunch at the desk for a week at least (and that means you too!) and create a place where staff can take a break to unwind from work.
Consider the generation game
The millennial constituent of your workforce requires greater flexibility in schedule, better work life balance, and more multidisciplinary working.  As time passes, your workforce will increasingly constitute a post-millennial generation which values an egalitarian culture; it is better to address their needs than to rail against it.
Perform proper hiring/firing decisions
Toxic employees can only harm your organisation.  You can develop a better performance management mechanism, or you can improve your recruiting for attitudes and behaviours.
Check the culture
An organisations’ leaders are key to managing and changing its culture.  It is important to regularly check in on the feel of the organisation and ensure the leadership team are effectively engaged with leading the culture you want to see.  Changing a workplace culture can sound daunting but a poor culture can negatively affect the performance and development of the organisation.  It is only through effective leadership, flexibility and creativity, that organisations can continuously develop to meet the changing needs of clients and remain current and credible.  
Leadership is the key to culture
Leadership is not the preserve of managers.  Leadership capability exists at all levels within the organisation.  The flexibility, responsiveness, and ultimately the success, of an organisation is dependent upon harnessing the leadership potential of individuals throughout the organisation.
If you would like to explore options for enhancing leadership capability across your organisation please get in touch for a no obligation discussion. Give us a call 020 3091 9423 to see how Re-Think Performance can work for you.

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