The Real Culture of Your Business
Put simply, culture is the way we do things. It is a common set of beliefs, behaviours and an agreement for everyone to stick to.
Coming from honest and positive conversations, it gives opportunity for growth. To most businesses this is a vitally important influence on success and building an understanding of who they really are as a company.
Many people now considering only working with companies who share the same values and culture, so, not having one set in place could deter new business and growth.
89% of HR leaders agree that ongoing peer feedback and check-ins are key for successful outcomes. Building a good relationship with your staff through frequent engagement will help your culture develop.
We have all had the experience of recognising a business culture the moment we walk the floor or have our telephone call answered. Good, or bad, culture is easily recognised. Leaders, understandably, want to encourage the best culture possible in their businesses.
But, do they ever get to experience the real culture, is it possible the real culture is the one that exists when they’re not around?
If it is – can we rely on it delivering success for the business?
Only 19% of executives believe their company has the ‘right culture’.
When it comes to recommending their company as a place to work only 54 percent of employees said they would. If the business culture is not suited with the businesses employees there will become a negative reflection.
94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is important to business success.
Henry Ford once said, “Culture means doing the right thing when no one is looking”.
Trusting and empowering staff must play a big part in this. Equally important is our ability as leaders to make really clear what you want the culture to be like. Without any direction a culture can become distorted leaving a lot of confusion within your business.
28% people reported that they understand their organisation’s culture. This low percentage showed that others know culture is important, but don’t understand it or recognise how to implement it within their team.
It can’t be forgotten that culture is a working progress and building this is just as important as building your business strategy then leading to your business success.
So, how would you describe company culture in your organisation?