Most organisations these days are faced with the challenge of defining their organisation’s culture or what they stand for. Also, many employees do not fully understand the way organisations work or why they do what they do. Organisational culture is what differentiates an organisation from its competitors. If employees are not aware of the culture of the organisation or do not share the same values as the organisation, it is almost impossible for such organisations to get the best out of its workforce.
Culture makes organisations do the right things rather than the normal thing. Hence, it becomes necessary for organisations to instill their culture on their workforce. Below are ways in which organisations can impact their culture on employees:
- Audit the existing culture and set new expectations: Every organisation has existing or foundational culture. Though it might be written or unwritten. As such, it is necessary to make a review of the preexisting culture so as to fill up the gaps or formulate new cultures that the organisation can adapt to be more productive.
- Aligning the team: Most times, management as well as employees in an organisation might not be aware about the culture of the organisation. Due to this, they might not be able to productively work and align their activities to the interest of the organisation.
- Focus on results and build accountability: This is one major aspect organisations need to be aware of. Organisations should be more concerned about how their culture has brought more productivity or led them to have greater efficiency. Also, they should ensure that resources in relations to their culture are properly accounted for.
- Matching employee’s personal goals to organisation culture: Many employees would want to work in an organisation whose culture is aligned to their personal goals. These makes them productive efficient and more enthusiastic on their job. They become dedicated to their work and end up working for long periods.
- Communicate and celebrate: Communication is the foundation of anything an organisation does. By communicating within the organisation, employees are able to learn about action plan, innovative strategies as well as their organisational culture. Yet, in addition to this, organisations should develop the habit of celebrating their successes. Not too much that it are not able to focus on the job in front of them, but just enough for the employees to be aware that their work was recognized and appreciated so as to enable them to put in their best effort and jointly promote unity within the organisation.
- Consider personalities: Organisations are made up of different people most likely with different backgrounds as well as personalities. It therefore becomes necessary to understand employee’s personalities and find out how best each person can work based on the organisation’s goals. The organisational culture should be able to blend with the personality types of employees.
An organisation’s culture in practice would go a long way in differentiating it from their competitors. It is important that the culture of an organisation is rooted in the hearts of its employees.