As a leader, it’s important to prioritize building a positive and healthy company culture. This not only fosters a more productive and engaged workforce, but it also has a direct impact on the success of your business. But how do you know if your company culture is on the right track? Here are five questions you can ask to identify areas of culture concern at work.
What values are driving our decisions?
The values that drive decision-making in a company are a reflection of its culture. If the values that are being prioritized are not in alignment with the company’s mission or vision, there may be a disconnect between the stated values and the actual culture. Ask yourself, “Are the values we claim to prioritize reflected in our actions and decision-making?”
How are we communicating with each other?
Communication is a fundamental aspect of any company culture. How people interact with each other in the workplace can either foster a positive, collaborative culture or contribute to a toxic, stressful work environment. Ask yourself, “How do we communicate with one another? Is it respectful and inclusive, or do people talk over each other or dismiss others’ ideas?”
Are employees engaged and motivated?
Engaged and motivated employees are more likely to be productive and contribute to the overall success of the company. If employees seem disengaged or lack motivation, there may be deeper issues with the company culture that need to be addressed. Ask yourself, “Are our employees engaged and motivated? Do they seem to care about the work they’re doing and the success of the company?”
Is there a clear sense of purpose?
A strong company culture is built on a shared sense of purpose and a clear understanding of the company’s mission and vision. If employees are unsure about the purpose of their work or the direction of the company, it can lead to confusion and a lack of motivation. Ask yourself, “Is there a clear sense of purpose in our company? Do employees understand our mission and vision?”
How do we handle conflicts and challenges?
Conflicts and challenges are inevitable in any workplace, but the way they are handled can have a significant impact on the company culture. If conflicts are consistently ignored or swept under the rug, it can lead to resentment and distrust among employees. Ask yourself, “How do we handle conflicts and challenges? Is there a system in place for addressing issues and finding solutions?”
Identifying areas of culture concern at work is crucial for building a positive and healthy work environment. By asking yourself these five questions, you can gain a better understanding of the current state of your company culture and identify areas that need improvement. With a clear understanding of the challenges, you can take action to create a stronger, more productive, and engaged workforce.
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