Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Want to transform your workplace culture?
Writing in Northwestern Mutual Insights & Ideas, Jo Eisenhart, svp of human resources at the company, talks about a survey by Strategy& that showed than half of the companies surveyed wanted to change their culture.
Northwestern apparently thought it was OK culture-wise, but an employee survey was not as positive as they thought.
They took a look at their whole culture--how could they make employees feel more respected and valued?
Now--they focus on breaking down bureaucracy, eliminating unnecessary work, and encouraging innovation.
Three things to look at--and to look at changing.
--Artifacts. Things that are visible from the outside--the logo, mission statement, workspace design, breakroom amenities, and even dress code.
--Espoused values. These are the organization's beliefs, morals, ideals, and values. This can include community or social responsibility, dedication to work-life balance, that sort of thing. What organizations the company is aligned with can also show this.
--Shared basic assumptions. These are the taken-for-granted behaviors. Say the boss says he wants something "soon," in your company you know what that means. It could be a month or in a startup, a week.
Interesting way to look at things. Where are Pizza Friday and the Christmas party?