3 Ways to Spark Culture Change
We often spend more time analyzing what’s wrong with our company culture and how it got to a stagnant or worse, a negative place, than we spend time taking action around it. Consider taking these simple steps that will deliver swift and lasting changes in the office!
- Start with the Good
Everyone has strengths and personality themes that make them unique contributors. Unveiling this combination of good to individuals gives a boost to their confidence and creates a positive vibe all around. If there are bad feelings between employees this can also be an opportunity to level-set with a positive approach. Use an assessment with a strong explanation of how the strengths apply to life and work. VIA Strengths, StrengthFinder, and Myers- Briggs Type Indicator are well known and reliable. Get the conversation started with good news and share appreciation for having these characteristics within the group.
- Build Trust
Through active, vocal and consistent appreciation of employees strengths the foundation of trust is built. It feels good when we know that others consider us valuable. Be the leader that notices when an employee delivers and call it out to them. Be specific about why they do well and why that characteristic is important to the company and the culture. Make sure your method to share your appreciation is uniformly fair and won’t make people uncomfortable. Here are a couple of ideas: Create an employee spotlight on your internal newsletter. Don’t have one? Create a brief internal newsletter to share updates and company stories. Or try this, put up a post-it board where employees can publicly share their gratitude to each other. It’s not just leadership’s responsibility to create culture change. We are all in this together!
- Good Will Goes a Long Way
There is always an opportunity to do good. Our world has always called on us to be responsive to crises or social issues. People bond with each other at a deeper level when they feel like they are contributing to a collective good, side by side. Find out from your employees what matters to them. Create ways that the whole company can contribute, don’t just limit it to financial contributions either. Be open to the ideas of the people in the organization and consider how your company can serve local and global communities.