Published 06 June 2018 Category: Compass Tips, Entrepreneur, SMEs

How to Inspire Change in Your Company Culture

Are people leaving your company in hordes? Do you see employees agitated and unwilling to spend more than a year or two in your organization? Is it easy for a competition to pull your best employees away? If YES, there could be something wrong with your company culture. It’s a known fact that an organization’s corporate culture highly influences employee retention and turnover rates. More than money, it is a company culture that motivates people to stay long term and give their best to an organization.

When we talk about company culture though, we often feel it is the senior management’s or HR’s sole responsibility to make it a better place. While that’s true, part of that responsibility also falls on mid-level managers and employees to motivate a culture a change in the workplace. Each one of us responsible for the kind of relationship we make with other people. To inspire change, you have to be the change and lead by example. So how do you go about inspiring change in your company culture? Try practicing the following.

1. Practice Self-Awareness and Identify Your Relationship with Others

Do you often find yourself grumbling and complaining? Or do you find yourself helpful and kind? Do you often find yourself frustrated and annoyed? Or do you find yourself being optimistic and motivated? Practice self-awareness and identify the way you talk, connect and communicate with others. Identify your own behavior and figure why you are always grumbling or complaining? This requires a high level of acceptability of one’s own flaws and while it may be hard to change, at least you will have completed the first step in knowing about yourself. Once you know yourself better, you will then be able to contribute to a better and positive work culture.

2. Practice Accountability and Ownership

One of the most common behaviors that causes disruption in work culture is the habit to place blame for anything that turns out wrong or unexpected. Because of this cruel blame game culture, the office environment becomes negative and people begin distrusting each other. It is extremely important for people to practice accountability and take ownership for their tasks as well as for their own behavior. Blaming the traffic, the weather, the people, the circumstances, the workload etc worsens a problem instead of empowering you with the tools to resolve it.

3. Practice Empathy and Kindness

Our world greatly lacks in empathy and more so in organizations where a brutal working culture is considered as a norm. Despite all this, those who practice empathy and kindness do not only inspire change but also act as a positive force for those around them. It should be important to note that empathy does not mean being a doormat. It simply means to practice the etiquettes of civility - help a colleague, share responsibility, understand who needs help, give space when needed, know when someone is having a hard day and be there for them etc.

4. Practice Humility and Avoid Harbouring Negative Intentions

Insecurity, jealousy, toxic competition etc are all negative emotions that hamper the working environment of an organization. It’s important to note that some companies thrive on a competitive culture and if you are part of such a company, you should clearly draw a line between healthy and disruptive competition. All of these factors contribute to unnecessary stress and makes you lose focus of the main goal - that of fulfilling the organization's’ goals.

5. Be the Change You Want to See in Your Workplace

Want a workplace where everyone is nice to each other? Want to come in and leave on time? Want to see tasks and projects starting and ending smoothly? Sure, we all want that and in a utopian world, it would have been possible. But in the real world, we can only go as far as controlling or moulding our own behavior and that any change, any endeavor for progress has to start from us. If you want change, be the change.

At the end of the day, it is in our hands to decide the kind of workplace we want to be a part of and the contribution we can offer to make our workplaces a better place. Ready to inspire change? Start with yourself.