5 Signs Your Organization Must Change It's Workplace Culture
An organization’s culture can be a leading factor in success or demise.Your culture is a reflection of each individual’s behaviors who work at the organization.
Areas to assess
How does each person behave?
How do they solve problems?
How do they communicate with each other?
How do they handle tasks?
How do they handle deadlines?
How do they communicate with clients?
The results you see are the consequences of those behaviors. If the results you see are not what you want, then there needs to be some changes.
What are the warning signs for culture transformation?
NO SHARED VISION
Without a clear, common mission, your organization cannot thrive. A sure warning sign is if employees give feedback about not having a sense of purpose. You may need to build a greater sense of community within your organization’s culture. Having more frequent communication with employees to emphasize the the common mission will increase team work.
This can present itself in many ways. It could be lack of leadership or a sense that input or feedback is not valued from staff. Opportunities to speak up and to listen are equally important for fostering a supportive “teamwork” mentality. Culture involves all parties within an organization, so good communication between and among everyone is important. This includes program managers, staff, and volunteers. Everyone needs to be a priority in creating a positive workplace.
LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY
The results of your cultural needs assessment may indicate that day-to-day accountability, regular performance evaluations and current forms of recognition don’t provide adequate motivation. To encourage engagement and productivity, people must be held accountable and rewarded for their performance. Your workplace culture goes a long way in putting those all-important pieces in play.
NO ROOM FOR CREATIVITY
Does your organization stick to the “status quo?” Is a common phrase “this is the way we’ve always done things?” If you’re finding that staff feel restricted by time, resources, processes or other elements of your workplace culture, spend some time considering new ways to encourage innovation. Nonprofits grow and succeed when staff have the freedom and ability to generate new, fresh ideas.
CROSS-CULTURAL MISCOMMUNICATION OR A LACK OF DIVERSITY
Having diversity is an important element in all non-profit organizations. It gives an opportunity to see things through cultural lenses and see others’ perspectives. You may discover frustration about a lack of diversity or a separation between different social or ethnic groups within the organization. In today’s global workplace, nonprofits are building relationships and exchanging ideas across the world, so doing the same within organizations is key. Understanding differences and recognizing strengths allows for a richer context within your workplace culture.
Knowing what needs to change is the first step in your Organization’s cultural journey. There will be challenges on your road to success. But, there may also be new opportunities that will be bring successful changes for everyone.