Culture: More Than Just an HR Thing
“Company culture shapes every minute of the workday and every decision that is made.” – Taylor Smith, CEO & Cofounder of BlueboardWelcome to the Culture Hacker Blog Series where I help organizations to reprogram their employee experiences for improved organizational culture. So, what is culture? I consider it the collective mindset and attitude of your employees about what they do, which manifests itself in how they do things; in other words, their actions and behaviors. These behaviors manifest themselves in their interactions with your company, your customers, and other associates or staff. This mindset – the one your staff bring to work everyday – determines how they will take care of your customers, how much effort they will put into their work, and whether or not they will stay with you long term. The mindset and attitude of your employees plays a significant role in how they will perform at work. How someone feels about coming to work affects his or her energy levels and cognitive abilities. The impact of a negative culture is tremendous. It can lead to; poor customer interactions, high turnover, underperforming staff, and in turn, reduced profits. Depending on the size of your company the cost could be thousands, millions, or even billions of dollars. The research is clear across industries that when your employees are more positive your company is more productive and profitable. According to an ADP study from 2012, organizations with engaged employees are:
- 18% More Productive
- 12% More Profitable
- 57% More Effective
- And Average Shareholder Returns Increase 22%
- We have to remain focused on our customers and their experience –after all we are in the customer experience economy. While customers are important I would argue we are in the employee experience economy. The talent war is over, talent won, and as a result if we do not take care of our best and brightest people another company will. And if you take care of your employee and they feel good about whom they work for and what they do, they will naturally take care of your customers, anyway.
- Employees (especially young ones) don’t work hard anyway so why give them more? The reality is, this generation just as previous generations have the capacity to work very hard; it’s just that the new generation of workers doesn’t see the value in investing in a business that doesn’t invest in them.
- The employees will just leave, anyway. To this I say, maybe they will, but if you want any chance to keep your best and brightest, then you have to provide them a better employee experience than they received in the past.