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Effective way to build and maintain a positive organizational culture

Updated on June 12, 2012

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Before we learn how to build a new culture or to change it, understanding the different ways in which a new culture is created in a place or organization will be helpful. When a group of people come together, they will have to face new challenges and tackle them. Once people find successful ways of facing problems, the methods become a part of the organization and slowly it becomes the culture of that organization. When the new generation of people comes into action, they are also taught the culture for them to follow. For any company or organization which is in its starting stages, the culture will be tied strongly to the values followed by the founders. With time, things will change and the whole culture will slowly start to get a makeover.

An organizational culture can be defined in many ways. According to Edgar Schein it is, ‘The deeper level of basic assumptions and beliefs that are: learned responses to the group's problems of survival in its external environment and its problems of internal integration; are shared by members of an organization; that operate unconsciously; and that define in a basic "taken -for-granted" fashion in an organization's view of itself and its environment.’ Many people say that a positive culture is essential for a business organization to thrive in the market. Different organizations follow different kinds of methods and depend on varied resources to get their job done. Whichever way the organization chooses to get the job done, it should impact the employees in a positive way. There is no denying that a positive organizational culture contributes a lot to the overall efficiency of the organization. Today, we see companies whose employee’s lackluster performance affecting the output of the company.

The task of creating a positive wave in the organization is mostly the responsibility of the leaders in the organization. The managers and top level officials at the company should be involved in matters outside management functions. They should take some steps forward to the employees to motivate the employees. A good organizational culture only motivates the employees to give their best towards their productivity. It is a sad fact that there are also organizational cultures which prove destructive to the organization. Setting realistic and quantifiable goals and motivating the employees towards reaching them is a productive and positive culture. For motivating the employees, the leaders and managers have to understand the needs of employees and work towards meeting them.

As part of the positive culture that some organizations follow, instances can be found where the employees and management indulge in an open communication. This, however, is not a possibility in every organization or a practical method. If some method like this can be implemented in any organization, it will do only good for the company and organizational culture. Holding monthly or occasional meetings involving all or most of the staff is something which can be implemented. The meeting should be made casual, if possible, and any official differences should be kept apart. Sending communications through emails to the employees which ask for their views and opinions, an open door policy for managers etc are all efficient methods. Employees should be given the feel where the managers are always approachable and you can take your concerns to them.

In most of the companies, the top level management tends to hide critical company information with the most important part of the organization, the employees. For other organizations, transparency is a big part in their culture’s success stories. Every employee would be eager to know what is happening in their company and if the company management is reluctant to share the information, it will only affect the morale of the employees negatively. For employees working in most organizations, experience has been bad when something wrong happens from their part. Employees will be taunted again and again by the managers and fellow employees regarding the mistake. However, if the employee does something extremely beneficial for the company, the effort and accomplishment goes unnoticed and unappreciated. In a positive work culture, the accomplishments needs to be appreciated and mistakes corrected without hurting the emotions. However, this could not be possible all the time.

Like the way it is important to develop satisfaction and culture at individual level, it is also important to implement the methodologies at the team level. Within a team of employees, it is important to develop interdependence because no single employee can alone lift an organization or company to the greatest heights. There should be enough level of trust among the team members and the environment needs to be motivating. Better management and productivity can be achieved if proper goals are set for the teams. Every member of a team must understand the relevance of that team and his role in the team. A good system should also be in place to track all the actions.

In any organization, the management and top leaders are responsible for maintaining a good organizational culture while the employees are the ones who carry the legacy over. The culture at the organization will definitely impact the productivity and efficiency of the organization. In the culture that a company follows, it is the leaders who decide what all needs to remain unchanged and which parts require changes. They have the power to transform the culture of an organization for good or bad. Implementing good culture in an organization is a time consuming process and everyone has to be patient enough to accept the changes. However, once accepted it will definitely do good to both the employees as well as the organization as a whole.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Creating a productive corporate culture is no overnight task. Corporate culture is a lot about attitude and relationships. Unfortunately, these are harder to build - hard but not impossible.

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      suraj06 4 years ago

      Thanks for your support.

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