Improving your company's culture is essential to ensuring a thriving business. But what options do you have for making changes to your work culture?
If you want a competitive edge in today’s market, creating a better work culture is a priority. Work culture is crucial for your company’s success for several reasons:
Work culture can have a significant impact on your company. It can improve employee satisfaction, collaboration and innovation, reputation, and productivity and efficiency. But, if your work culture is not intentionally designed to benefit your employees, you might notice lack of engagement, poor retention rates, and decreased creativity.
In this article, we will compare five different types of work culture transformation programs. If you want to prioritize your company culture, these are some solutions that can assist you in creating a workplace people are excited to contribute to.
Team building exercises might be one of the first avenues you explore to encourage better cooperation and engagement with your employees.
This can range from relatively simple “get-togethers” to advanced problem solving or even extensive ropes courses to enable your teams to learn trust together. The cost of team building can be free if you put together the program yourself. Or the cost can range from free ~$35/person up to $10,000/day for more extensive programs. These programs range in time from 2-8 hours. It is important to factor in the time investment when understanding the overall cost to your company.
If your employees aren’t working well together or appear to be quiet quitting, it might be beneficial to look into company-wide personality assessments to better understand your employees and how they work best.
There are several well-known personality assessments used globally including the following:
These tests are taken individually to determine the strengths and dominant characteristics of employees’ personalities. The cost of these assessments start at $15/person with an experienced coach adding $2000/day (and up). The pros of these assessments include being relatively inexpensive and useful to notice how different people communicate and work differently. A good coach can enable teams to understand how their differences can be leveraged into strengths.
The cons of personality assessments are that people rarely make changes to themselves based on what they know about others and the additional knowledge of how other people work doesn’t typically lead to lasting transformations. Also, if there is not a forum to continue to practice what was learned by these assessments, the knowledge tends to dissipate quickly and things return to how they were.
Leadership plays an essential role in creating company culture. If you want to see a change in the work culture at your business, it might be beneficial to consider leadership training for your team leaders.
There are many options for leadership training including:
The Center for Creative Leadership provides an opportunity for individuals to grow their leadership skills. The program starts with a 360 degree assessment to provide feedback, and you can select from a variety of courses to hone skills and practice with others. Programs typically cost $1000-$2000/day through CCL depending on the specific courses selected.
University Leadership Programs include the big names like MIT Sloan School of Management, Stanford Executive Leadership Program, The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. They offer both in-person and online courses.
Leadership training costs vary depending on the specific course. Program pricing starts at $2000 for a short course and can cost over $100,000 for an immersive leadership program over several years. Some courses can be completed in as little as six weeks, while others can extend over several years.
The pros of these programs are that they are comprehensive. They provide the individual taking the course the opportunity to learn and develop their leadership skills, as well as a network of help with the other students taking the course. Many programs also have on-going learning for continued practice and development.
The cons of these programs are that they don’t lead to cultural change for all of the employees in your organization. While developing one leader can help your organization, it might not be enough to create lasting, widespread change throughout your company.
EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) is a set of simple concepts and practical tools for leadership and management of a company. It is designed to help entrepreneurs and leaders improve the effectiveness of their organizations by creating clarity, accountability, and alignment.
EOS can help a business by:
The cost of implementing EOS varies depending on the size and needs of the business, but it typically includes the cost of training, tools, and ongoing support.
Pros of EOS include:
Cons of EOS include:
Overall, EOS can be a valuable tool for businesses looking to improve their operations, but it requires a significant commitment from the leadership team to implement and sustain the system over time.
At MacklinConnection, our approach to improving company culture is based on how we as humans connect with each other. Sure, you can try to write a great tagline or policy for your company that mandates a good culture. But if you and your employees are not connecting with one another, a poster in the breakroom or a day of trust falls is not going to solve the problem. What you need is a way for all of you to learn to connect with each other that is lasting and based on how humans work and communicate – biologically and psychologically.
We offer a 17-week program where you and your employees will learn the fundamentals of human connection and communication. This increases collaboration and engagement at companies that work with us. Enhanced communication skills allow teams to actually work together and solve problems.
Our workshop costs $3750 per person, if there are less than 3 people signing up. We also offer payment plans and discounts for teams.
One of the downsides of our offer is the time requirement. If you are looking for a quick fix, we might not be the best option for you. In developing this program, we recognized a four month commitment was necessary to create real, lasting change in organizations. Our workshop also includes opportunities for authentic, transparent conversations, which everyone in your company might not be ready for.
For your business to succeed in an ever changing marketplace, you need a work culture characterized by excitement, engagement, and innovation to remain competitive. If your current company culture isn’t creating demand for employment, you might want to consider options to help make changes.
There are various solution options available to you, ranging from simple measures such as providing opportunities for team building, to more complex initiatives like implementing a company-wide communication seminar.
Before investing in any program, consider your company’s needs and circumstances and select the solutions that will promote a work environment where employees know they are valued and supported. By committing to improve your work culture, you will ensure your company is a place people actually want to work. And this will lead to advantages in productivity, collaboration, and creative problem solving for your business.