Building a Workplace Culture that Thrives Beyond COVID-19
3 areas to cultivate when shaping your organisational culture to enable your organisation to thrive beyond COVID-19.
Organisation culture plays a critical role in times of change and uncertainty, when the ability to quickly align, execute, and renew can be the difference between the organisation struggling and thriving.
Here are 3 areas to cultivate when shaping your organisational culture to enable your organisation to thrive beyond COVID-19.
Agility and Adaptability
Rapid changes in competition, demand, consumer and employee expectations and technology make it imperative for organisations to adapt to changing environments and conditions quickly. In volatile situations such as today's reality, having an agile and adaptable workplace culture gives organisations a competitive edge in managing current uncertainties and future challenges. Here are some ways to do so.
- Actively cultivate a learning environment by recognising employees who have a passion to grow with your company, e.g. linking performance rewards with training and development goals.
- Emphasise development within your team, e.g. through traineeships, workshops, coaching and stretch assignments. As a leader, seek opportunities to delegate tasks that empower your team to learn and develop their leadership skills.
- Encourage diversity of thought, as during times of uncertainty and constant change, varied and diverse opinions are key to staying adaptable.
A culture of trust is foundational, regardless of whether your employees are working face-to-face or remotely. Here are some ways to embed a culture of trust.
- Care for your employees. This can be done in a variety of ways, from having meaningful one-on-one conversations with staff to understand how they are doing, to ensuring that all programmes and policies are developed with employees’ well-being in mind.
- Communicate clearly and consistently so that employees understand what is happening in their company and how any changes will impact them.
- Empower your employees, especially if they are working remotely by emphasising efficient communication, setting clear goals and expectations; and providing them the flexibility to achieve these goals.
Having a culture of collaboration helps organisations maximise employee knowledge and capabilities. Ideas and information spread more easily in a safe and inclusive work environment when employees communicate and collaborate across functional and departmental lines, which can help navigate the business impact of COVID-19. How do you create a culture that thrives on collaboration?
- Focus the team’s effort on a common goal. Diverse perspectives are crucial to coming up with creative solutions and silos form when individuals do not see the value of involving others in their work.
- Create opportunities for cross-functional collaboration. Assemble teams that bring employees from across the organisation together to brainstorm on issues that leverage their diverse perspectives to come up with new ideas that will benefit the business during this period.
- Invest in the right remote tools and platforms that suit your culture and needs to encourage effective communication and collaborative learning, especially if majority of your employees are working remotely.
Is there a disconnect between what you are saying and your actions?
Nothing speaks more loudly about the culture of an organisation than the employer’s behaviours, which influences employee actions. Through role modelling, leaders and managers shape the culture in their words and everyday actions, which eventually gain momentum through structures and policies to shape how employees operate.
Culture has always been one of the most powerful differentiators for organisations, but the need to manage culture intentionally is especially critical now. When you focus on being purposeful with culture, you can seize the opportunity of the moment and be well-positioned to adapt to future changes ahead.
So, is your organisational culture ready to support your employees to thrive in the new normal?