Wondering what you can gain from an in-depth Culture Analysis? Take a look at a sample report below. In short order, you’ll see how your vision of the culture stacks up against the expectations and perceptions of your team. The report takes an in-depth look at your company’s values, communications, and people. Whose results are these, you ask? The report is based on the fictitious organization dubbed ‘Your Company’ which is facing cultural challenges that most frequently arise in real companies.
Here are some highlights from the results:
1. Company values materialize, regardless of how you choose to promote the culture. If you don’t define your values, others will and they may not share the same vision. Lead the culture as you see fit and in a way that maintains the integrity of how you lead other aspects of the business. A majority of folks agree that workplace culture played a role in their decision to join their company.
2. Suffering from a case of us vs. them that goes beyond friendly competition? So are other teams. Focus on how you can bring folks together and recognize others’ achievements. Many people don’t even see the value in having a mentor and others are seeking a working relationship with someone they can learn from but lack the skills to recognize the opportunity. How can you foster a productive symbiotic environment? Which patterns of language are most commonly used by different demographics within your team? Words like autonomy, ownership, and passion signal satisfied folks. References to micromanagement point to underlying tensions.
3. Raise awareness just by initiating the culture conversation. Take a chance and ask for input from your most valuable asset – your team! Let them know you value them and also be direct when expectations are not being met. Honesty is a highly prized trait that is useful in our career development but many avoid it because we’re uncomfortable with the consequences, a potential for conflict.
Some of the most interesting results appear when people are striving to meet a certain set of expectations only to learn that priorities have shifted. Analyzing cues from language, team interactions, and leadership and development shines a spotlight on a company culture’s prevailing attitudes and perceptions.