A staggering 96% of people think that their workplace culture needs a change. This isn’t about laying down the law. This is about individual accountability and intention.
Without clarity and consistency, your team will not know what to expect and what is expected of them. This breeds fear and fear is a workplace culture killer. Many organizations have some level of fear, but you need to take the culture reins and steer clear of hurdles that hold back the potential of your organization.
As a manager, you know that workplace culture is important. According to a recent Booz & Company study, 84% of respondents and 86% of C-Suite respondents believe that their organization’s culture is critical to business success. However, some leaders neglect to drive out fear and relentlessly reinforce positive workplace culture. Most people oversimplify what it takes for effective culture management, relying entirely on “best practices” to take charge of them.
There are 8 clear signs that your workplace culture is ruled by fear:
- Bad behavior is not visibly confronted.
- Compensation, incentives and/or promotions are based on results, not results AND behavior.
- “Explosions” are evident periodically from one or more top leaders.
- Pre-meetings are the norm.
- Communication is poor or one-way.
- Email is used to cover your rear or is not proactively used.
- A general lack of clarity and alignment about managing work.
- Values and expected behaviors are not specifically defined and reinforced.
Does any of this sound familiar? You need to start ruling workplace culture with an iron fist!
Best practices can help, but this isn’t about tips and tricks. This is about making sure you and your team are allocating resources (often scarce) and attention with your workplace values and the impact you want to have on your organization, industry, cause or even the world.
You need to eliminate unnecessary tasks that are eating away at your team’s bandwidth. You need to include them in this process, especially if you hope to foster a collaborative culture. Take organization tools like Likert scales and actually apply them…visibly…with your team. This way everyone is engaged and aware. One great way to kick off this process is with a team building program like Product Pipeline or Chain Reaction.
It is also important to reward aspects of failure. Rewarding failure not only boosts innovation, but it also reduces fear. A workplace culture of fear slows organizations down, causes hesitation and drives negative stress. When employees come to you with an error – big or small – maintain civility, help them focus on a solution and then reward behavior around finding what caused the error. If you’ve provided clarity around your expectations from employees, it is important that your team feels comfortable approaching you with issues even if it means negative repercussions for them in the long run.
Remember, this all goes back to individual accountability and intention, clarity and consistency. It’s also important to remember that change will not just occur overnight. It is also important to take productive pause as you work through new challenges and make sure every decision you make is intentional.
What are some of the tactics you’ve used to influence workplace culture? Do you think culture really is such a big deal?
Rather than expecting office life to “go back to normal” after coronavirus, business and team leaders should be planning for what many are calling the “new normal.” So what does team-building after COVID-19 look like? For starters, it includes safe and sanitary workspaces for employees, potentially more remote hires, and flexible work-from-home policies.
As a food writer for Zagat, I used to scribble stories about all sorts of people: chefs, butcher, bakers. About seven years ago, I had an interesting interview with a bean-to-bar chocolate maker. I learned all about how she created her chocolate from scratch. Instead of telling me about commonplace machines like grinders and enrobers, she started talking about using rotisserie chicken roasters, juicers, and hair dryers!
First off, what is a digital workspace? A digital workspace is a technological framework that centralizes an organization’s applications, data, and desktop delivery. It allows employees to access their apps and data on any device and from any location.
Given the state of the current environment, businesses everywhere are adjusting to remote work. Whether your organization is a veteran to remote work policies, or entirely new to the concept, successfully maintaining a remote team requires the same general best practices as a traditional one would. Fortunately, this growing trend offers a plethora of benefits for both employees and businesses overall. From greater flexibility to improved productivity, the switch to remote work can be a liberating thing when properly managed. That said, proper management begins with ensuring your remote employees are equipped with all necessary tools to perform their jobs both efficiently and securely. Now more than ever, cybercriminals are targeting remote workers, and in these fast-paced times, it’s important you feel confident in the security of your business and the data behind it. To help make certain of that, we’re sharing a few cybersecurity best practices to reduce the risk of your remote employees falling victim to an attack.
During this unique time, we are all experiencing feelings of fearful anticipation. News changes from hour to hour, and we are needing to be more flexible than ever. With many being requested to work remotely, our trust issues will be triggered. Becoming aware of this will assist you in adapting to this situation.
Remote workers need to feel connected to one another as much as an “IRL” team in an office environment. The trick is figuring out team huddle ideas that bridge physical gaps. Whether your team went remote recently due to COVID-19 restrictions or are permanently remote, a sense of bonding and community is essential to productivity. It also builds friendships, and many remote team members look forward to team huddles as a time to check-in and connect.
Employee productivity is essential to building and maintaining a successful company. It may be hard to believe, but the average worker is said to only be productive 2 hours and 23 minutes out of an 8-hour workday. Employees are often distracted by unwork related items such as social media, news websites, chatting with colleagues, snacking, and even job searching.
So, you suddenly found yourself managing a remote team? Here you will understand the benefits of virtual team building as we share activity ideas you can implement. Remote work has been on the rise for years, and as COVID-19 is moving more teams online, remote team building is becoming a necessary step for business operations and human resources. It’s also an opportunity to get creative about how your team bonds and has fun in this new space, especially during stressful times.
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