Attitudes: Employee attitudes are found to be clearly distinct from employee values. Perceptions of organization practices are unrelated to values, and only overlapped with attitudes where both deal with communication. Embracing rapid prototyping and addressing fear of failure or adverse reactions will have a big impact on employee attitudes. A recommended start is practicing deep listening and establish a thorough understanding of the desired goals. Making sure teams understand that management encourages experimentation goes a long way to encourage positive attitudes.
Values: Shared beliefs and values established and communicated by leaders and reinforced through various methods, ultimately shape employee perceptions. Behaviors and understanding is critical for an organization’s cultural differentiators. Start by breaking down all objectives into digestible chunks of value by embracing leadership role-modeling. Every leader should take a hands-on approach in day-to-day deliverables by linking the objectives to organization’s success. Enable and promote a culture of positive feedback.
Goals: One of the major objectives of organization culture is understanding employees better and having core objectives as to help everyone perform better. Start by clearly defining business goals and metrics, and make sure they are aligned with technology delivery. Best practices are essential to meet goals but they should be transparent and reflect the organization’s objectives. Go above and beyond definition into every day practice and measure periodically. This approach keeps employees driving towards desired goals.
Interactions: Promote interactions as forums of ideation and innovation with conversational intelligence. Collaborating in an informal nature has been found to be most effective for building trust and effective behavioral skills.
How to Build a Resilient Culture
Building a resilient culture starts at the top. Leaders can set the tone for the rest of the organization. Companies should use the leadership messaging advantage to get everyone onboard. Inspiring cultural transformation will have a big impact.
Across departments, identify culture champions. Assign these champions to be cultural ambassadors so they can evangelize positive behavior and demonstrate best practices among their groups. These cultural champions will be able to identify where there may be gaps.
The journey to become a resilient enterprise requires incremental investment. As progress is made, celebrate each milestone. Recognizing incremental benefits has a meaningful impact when building a resilient enterprise, as small gains lead to bigger gains.
In addition, small changes can make a big difference. Create opportunities across the board to share ideas and best practices. A concept that works well is ideation forums that encourage deeper collaboration while continuously monitoring and measuring to learn from experiences.
Resilience Enables Change
In today’s competitive environment, companies should focus on the relationship between resilience and agility. It is widely known that agility is the team’s ability to react quickly to change. But it is resiliency within an organization that enables it to embrace change. Without a culture that embraces change, it is unlikely to respond well to change.
Acknowledge that business outcomes are a key metric while recognizing they may not translate to financial gains. The biggest benefits come from better customer experiences both internally and externally. Exercising strategic patience during the cultural transformation will be required to build a resilient enterprise.
Organizations should understand that true agility is a byproduct of a cultural transformation to achieve measurable business outcomes. Our experience working with companies around the world has shown that organizations with strong cultures are more resilient in the face of a turbulent business environment. They are better at analyzing information, deriving insights at scale, learning from the past, and influencing the future. These organizations are great at managing risks and opportunities, handling uncertainty in the market, and evaluating alternatives. Overall, organizations are stronger when they have built a resilient culture.