Top 10 ways to improve Workplace Culture

Improving workplace culture doesn’t need to be hard. You just need to have a plan, and a strategy. You need to have purpose to execute and you need to have help. Don’t try this on your own – build your own internal working party that has representatives from all over the company to contribute and be involved.

Here are 10 ways to kick off the improvements in your company culture:

  1. Undertake a Culture Survey. This will immediately give you insights to understand where you need to focus your time on first.Workplace Culture REACH Quotient
  2. Ask your Team members what needs to change. Really take the time to listen to what they have to say.
  3. Spend some time identifying the culture you WANT to purposely create. Just by getting a clear picture you’ll start to identify things that need to change or are not in alignment with this new culture you want.
  4. Conduct a listening tour. Christine Holgate told us about this during a Women’s Leadership Summit. Her first 100 days at Toll were all about listening to her staff and what they felt needed to change.
  5. Train your managers on their core management skills like;  setting expectations, delegation, giving AND receiving feedback and learning how to have coaching conversations
  6. Bring in artefacts. These are tangible things that represent the new company culture. They serve as daily reminders that people can see, hear, feel to keep them in line with the new culture you want to create
  7. Improve autonomy. People like to have some kind of control over their daily work. If they are constantly being told what to do, when to do it and how to do it- they’ll leave. Look for ways to give them back their autonomy.
  8. Allow people to take risks. Don’t penalise them for using their initiative
  9. Build a culture of psychological safety. Don’t reprimand or use performance measurement tactics without really understanding why someone is working the way they are. Most people don’t come to work wanting to do a bad job – understand what’s going on. Allow them to be heard
  10. Encourage innovation. Rather than telling everyone to follow a process just because that’s the way it’s always been done, allow them to use their insights and come up with new ways. They will feel valued, heard and as though they have something important to offer.

Try to focus on implementing one or two of these tips into your workplace and do it well. This leads to a focus on quality over quantity. If you can, ask your teams to get involved in the design and implementation of each idea. Further, try to measure your progress. We can help take a culture survey to find your starting point, and give you the insights on what your people are saying they want in the first instance. This will help you to get started.

Send us an email or contact us to chat more about getting started with a culture survey.

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