is developing your people, improving understanding and objectives, developing communication, improving the environment, improving collective expectations and improving your companies performance.
Let’s be honest, almost all leadership and HR teams are too disconnected from the day to day, this means neither understand the pulse or heartbeat, nor are trusted internally enough to make the right steps forward when it comes to culture, this then impact strategy.
Company culture does, however, need the HR team and leadership buy-in and has to have complete backing in-front of the departments and in the boardroom, and yes even the CFO signing off on ‘soft skills’.
Managers: Company culture is more than disagreeing and committing in the management meetings.
Yes company culture is hard,
Yes it is long term
And yes, it’s about weeding out the work politics and setting up success across the business.
It's imperative to know company culture is directly connected to company performance.
Company Culture = Company Performance
Company culture needs nurturing and developing and is an ever-evolving and a growing part of your organisation.
It’s not a one and done and it’s not a recurring agenda item for the senior leadership team don’t have time to skip through and hear about from just one of their trusted people.
If in doubt, remember:
Your people build and develop your products that drive profits.
Company Culture is more than just the word culture...
Factors Of Company Culture
The influencing factors are:
- Workplace and environments
- Sub Culture
- Company Compass
Subcultures, team and departmental “tribal behaviours” are far more influential than many businesses realise or work on understanding or proactively improving.
Subcultures often go on undetected and unspoken of.
Why are sub cultures are important?
You have subcultures within the same office, often within teams in departments.
For individuals: Trust, behaviours & belonging all essential at the individual level. This is before we connect with our team, our department, our company.
Work is: me and we (company), not one or the other.
Togetherness: This is why culture is co-created, this is why relationships matter, this why I belong, I want to add value, am I and we doing a good job and why we have created something together is so important to company culture.
Yes, Management is vitally important to your company culture, your company likely is not set up to allow a company culture to develop or to succeed properly. Your company is not likely built out to support leaders and develop the next generation of leaders throughout your business. These are all signals of company culture and belonging to this tribe.
The environment(s) is crucial. Working in the office, working from home, working remotely or the Hybrid model. Just because we are not within the same walls, it doesn’t mean anyone is less important, their situation is different and not to have a rule that applies to all.
All important lessons and learnings should apply no matter what your set up is or has to be.
Remember leadership is more than a job title or job description.
Something that will shock many:
Culture is set by the employees daily, guidance and principles set by leadership.
These factors help to set their company culture up. It’s the signals, actions, behaviours and the support that makes company culture win. This makes company performance.
Not writing statements on the wall, not a commitment to something that was written months ago and never revisited.
This is why culture cannot be decided upon from the leadership team or by one department.
Why has the company culture broken?
The truth is: Many leadership teams have got culture wrong as it was being directed by the wrong departments
By leaders who were completely disconnected from the teams and departments.
Culture became a buzzword and not an essential part of the business success
No one is in a better position to help address company culture than the right internal people, however, Without the right framework and being able to step back, scan the landscape and gain insights - you will struggle to make any progress.
Company culture goes hand in hand with strategy and it has to be treated as a constant priority.
Company Culture + Strategy = Company Focus.
Are you ready to tackle company culture?
Are you ready to prioritise and put company culture front and centre of your business?
Company culture should now be clearer, for leaders, the next generation of leaders and people who just a better workplace and those who just want to do their job.
2020 has been challenging for everyone, 2021 has to be clear, concise and ensure your people and your business is set up for success.
Take the Focus challenge!
Improve company culture and build an ongoing alliance with strategy to ensure it is treated as a business-critical item.
If you need help, happily reach out to me directly.