This is typically the season when companies update their strategic plans. Given the disruptive year we’re experiencing, lots of updating is needed!
One critical aspect of the strategic plan to prioritize is company culture—defined as the values and practices employees share. These days, multiple forces are chipping away at the most stable cultures. In particular, the pandemic has changed or is changing your organization’s culture right now.
It’s critical you pay closer attention to your company’s culture now than in the past.
If not, you will wake up not liking what happened to it. You risk being faced with undesirable culture changes—ones you did nothing about it.
What exactly should you pay attention to? I recently wrote an article for Construction Executive Magazine that addresses this question. (You can read the entire article here.)
Titled “Three Ways Leaders Can Ruin Company Culture,” here’s the short version of the article:
1. Inconsistent Leadership
Leaders who send mixed signals impede the progress of building a desired company culture. Inconsistent messages, misaligned decisions, and unfair treatment negatively affect employees’ beliefs, values, and practices that form the company’s culture.
2. Tolerating, Not Tackling Problems
Leaders who do not tackle problems but tolerate them unknowingly create a culture of apathy and disengagement. That’s when cynicism and negativity can overshadow the high-performance team culture that’s desired.
3. Not Developing Other Leaders
By developing their own leaders internally, current leaders can feel confident the desired company culture will flourish with consistency. The problems that surface will not be tolerated but tackled in a timely way, and positive outcomes will prevail.
These ideas are meant to heighten your awareness about company culture and inspire you to address whatever challenges you face as you update your plans during this difficult time.