Evaluating the Impact of Your Company’s Culture and How to Change it for the Better
Since organizations are made up of flawed people, they frequently revert to an “Us vs. Them” culture that creates drama. Departments fight against departments, and employees become disengaged by management decisions and lack of accountability.
While business owners experience part of the frustration from people not getting along, they often look at culture as a “touchy-feely” exercise that doesn’t impact the bottom line.
In order to reduce the drama in your organization, you first have to know how to identify it. Some things are obvious, while other things require the leader to pay more attention. But one thing is true for sure; you can’t afford to ignore the cost of drama in your workplace.
What Workplace Drama Looks Like
- Navigating Company Politics
- Cross-Departmental Blame
- Interpersonal Conflict
- Excuses (vs. Solutions)
What is the Impact?
- Disengaged Staff
- People Don’t Feed Heard
- People Feed Undervalued
- Having to Discuss the Same Problems Over and Over
- No Accountability
- Exhausted and Burned Out Executives
- Financial Impact
8 Tips on How to Fix Your Culture
- Get an open-eyed honest and accurate assessment of the culture.
- Recognize that a productive culture is the personal responsibility of the executive leadership team.
- Be willing to address all problems, including difficult inter-personal conflict, head-on.
- Leadership must be committed to changing their own behaviors and beliefs.
- All talking behind backs must stop.
- Fix your meetings so they are the most exciting and productive hours of the day, where you drive the bus of the business.
- Create an accurate vision (including a compelling WHY), strategy, and priorities.
- Over-communication/reverberate The Echo Daily, in Every Decision.
Drama exists everywhere, and most organizations just think it’s a fact of life in the workplace. It isn’t. It is draining your company’s productivity and profitability, and it is disengaging your staff.
It is fixable and will drive you toward creating organizational health through:
- Improved Clarity
- Improved Productivity
- Improved Employee Engagement
- Improved Profitability
For more information about How Much Drama in the Workplace is Costing You, click here.