How important is my organization’s culture to engagement in the workplace?

It’s essential. Companies are often anxious to get our list of tactical steps to increase employee engagement to so they begin implementation immediately. Unfortunately, tactical actions, no matter how many or in what combination, are not enough to create a truly sustainable high performance organization. Sustainable change and improvement can only come through sustained (consistent and repeated) behavioral norms that are congruent with organizational core values, mission and vision. The most efficient and effective way to do that is with an organizational culture that serves as a constant guide and reminder of what is expected from every employee every minute of the day. Culture in an organization is built on two primary sources, the stated core values, mission and vision (understood throughout the company) and more importantly in the visible daily behavior of leadership (from the CEO down to the line supervisor). Plaques on the wall quickly become meaningless when the lofty goals and norms are not reinforced by leadership actions. What leadership actually does, how they behave, is far more illustrative of what the cultural norms are than any other factor. If you want know where most of the cynicism comes from in a company, look no further than the dissonance between what is stated and what is lived (demonstrated by leaders) and observed/experienced by staff. There is no list of engagement “solutions,” no matter how expertly crafted or deployed, that can overcome a company culture that is incongruent (or non-existent) with those solutions.

How important is my organization’s culture to engagement in the workplace?
 

Engagient Multi-Media

Quick Clips on Employee Engagement.

Connect With Engagient

Sign up to receive our Employee Engagement Tips Sheet.
 

Recent posts

Blog

Archives

Quotes

The following comments are for Engagient's Employee Engagement Seminar for Managers

We were trying to get the buy-in from our Management team, prior to rolling out a new Performance Review Process and move the management style away from the industrial age style in an attempt to get our employees more engaged.  For the last 45 years we have been working under the old world style of management and old habits die hard.  The Engagient seminar on Employee Engagement was exactly what we were looking to install at Perfect Plastic Printing.

Don presented the information with a passion and energy that impacted every participant.  The information presented represented the results of research and science as opposed to just one more consultant’s opinion.  This made the buy-in so much easier.  The combination of instruction and small group exercises kept the class from getting tired and kept the information geared more toward our business as opposed to generalizing information.  Don was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and this was apparent when he answered participant questions.  He kept the conversations light and humorous, but had you believing that getting your employees more engaged is crucial to surviving in business today.  The feedback from the Management team on the seminar was all positive. Don was one of the best presenters that we have experienced at Perfect Plastic Printing.

--Carl Valenti
Director of Facilities
Perfect Plastic Printing
 
  • RSS
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn