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Revolutionizing Workplace Culture With 5 Fresh Perspectives

Amidst the chaos of conflicts, tangled communication, and sinking morale within the workforce, the Chief Culture Officer – John, and leadership team of a tech company sensed the urgent call for an internal culture makeover. Acknowledging the need of revamping the culture in every aspect – from people to processes and systems – they understood that traditional methods wouldn’t suffice for these deep-seated issues.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, John extensively explored innovative methods for culture change that could lighten the situation, bring out the desired change and engage the workforce truly. Consulting and interacting with colleagues, industry experts, and broader communities, he came across 5 unconventional approaches, each holding promise to resonate with employees and propel organizational growth.

Build Trust with Fun Culture Sessions

Highlighting trust as the cornerstone of culture change success, Debby Durr, Chief Culture Officer at Premier Wealth Partners informed John, “Our team works tirelessly to cultivate and preserve deep connections, ensuring readiness and adaptability when faced with inevitable changes. Through monthly 1-hour culture sessions, we focus on team building and relationship development, fostering light-hearted and enjoyable interactions while offering educational insights.”

Debby Durr

Debby further added, “To accommodate diverse preferences and schedules, we leverage various engagement opportunities, including plug-in breaks, pop-up events, and team chats. By also organizing such games, activities and monthly lunches, our company facilitates learning and connection-building. And that’s how, through these moments of sharing, laughter, and exploration, any business can cultivate trust, which ultimately prepares for upcoming culture change.”

Shannon Ewan

Hire Agile Coaches for Change Strategies

Shannon Ewan, CEO of ICAgile emphasizes the importance of bringing aboard certified agile coaches to co-develop culture change strategies, mentioning, “Prominent tech and financial firms actively involve agile coaches in collaborative efforts to empower and bolster their teams’ resilience amidst change.”

Clarifying the need of an agile coach to John, Shannon adds, “These coaches facilitate open communication, establish effective feedback mechanisms, promote continuous learning, and foster productive collaboration. Specifically trained to enhance teamwork and elevate performance, organizations can then anticipate improved alignment, increased engagement, and favorable business outcomes.”

Form Cross-Functional Culture Squads

Opting for the formation of culture squads to navigate cultural shift, Volen Vulkov, Co-Founder of Enhancv states, “Leaders can group workers from different departments and levels into smaller, cross-functional teams rather than relying on top-down directives. The goal of each culture squad is to align the company’s principles and culture by identifying areas for improvement, such as promoting DEI, and fostering innovative ideas and approaches.”

Volen Vulkov

Referring to his company’s experience, Volen notes, “When our company aimed to enhance workers’ health and work-life balance, we employed this strategy. Representatives from HR, operations, and the front lines formed our culture squad, fostering enthusiastic employee participation in shaping the company’s culture.”

Alex Taylor

Employ Storytelling for Cultural Connection

According to Alex Taylor, Head of Marketing, CrownTV, asserts, utilizing storytelling as a tool can foster cultural connection. He believes, “Through sharing of personal experiences and storytelling, individuals can grasp diverse perspectives, fostering genuine engagement in the cultural transformation process. This approach resonates particularly well as it enables employees to witness the personal impact within the broader organizational context.”

Stressing its advantages, Alex reaffirms, “It cultivates a nurturing ethos for individuals to express their sentiments and opinions regarding cultural shifts. By exchanging stories, employees may feel empowered to share candid feedback, ultimately driving enhanced return on investment for the organization.”

Establish Employee-Leadership Dialogue

Addressing a key challenge within organizations undergoing cultural transformation, Bikas Mukherjee, Global Operations – Partner and Advisor of NamanHR highlights, “For many, the fear and anxiety is about getting into unchartered territory and the temporary uncertainty that it brings along before the cultural stability sets in. The situation gets easily complicated with elements of personal and collective diversity giving rise to inconsistent and often biased interpretation of new cultural purpose and direction.”

Bikas Mukherjee

Elaborating on a potential solution, Bikas suggests, “By establishing employee-leadership dialogue at defined periodicity at local levels, organizations will be able to demonstrate empathy and understanding of the challenges and misconceptions of individuals and groups and would be able to collect lot of real-time feedback. In turn it would be better positioned to address them with transparency or cocreate solutions to overcome them. The very fact of listening to the anxiety and challenges of the employees would serve as a powerful demonstration of empathy resulting in better and faster adoption of a new culture.”

Every business and its employees are unique, and as such, the approach to changing workplace culture, the DNA, varies. With rapid shifts in demands and trends, there’s a greater focus for officers like John to adopt new change initiatives to transform people, processes, and systems. But many companies that fail to manage workplace culture or allow toxic ethos to develop are bound to encounter numerous challenges. That’s why, to tackle these challenges head-on, John spoke and gathered insights on these innovative approaches to ensure that culture change was a success while keeping the team engaged and happy. These approaches are just the tip of the iceberg; there may be many more out there unexplored. The key is to adapt to these new culture change approaches with evolving demands for collective growth, alignment, and future readiness.

If you need further insights, guidance, or consultation on all things culture, our experts are just an appointment away. Reach out to us at inquiry@namanh.com today and unlock the authentic nature of your ethos!

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