Is it possible to introduce change without harming a company’s culture?

Changes are unavoidable as a firm expands and adjusts to the dynamics of the commercial environment. There will be new hires and firings, leaders will depart and be replaced, and the company may undergo a large shifts in the operating environment. As a result, you may need to change your company culture.

However, in the middle of the changes, company leaders must remember not to lose sight of the company culture. That is the organization’s favorable atmosphere, behaviors, and ideals. Sure, some changes can physically shake up a business, while others can be excruciatingly painful. However, how do you assure that they do not harm the company’s culture? Perhaps there could be a couple of ways.

  1. Pay attention to what your team has to say.

The truth is that it will be the employees who will be directly involved in implementing the changes. It is only natural that their voices be heard. Employee feedback is best obtained through surveys. When managers neglect to involve employees in making final choices, the corporate culture is jeopardized.

Ensure that employees have an opportunity to react on their suggestions. Hold meetings with them to discuss their suggestions and to encourage them to speak up. In addition, try to address any fears or concerns they may have. All of these factors can contribute to employee engagement, commitment, and productivity by making them feel appreciated.

2. Be clear and transparent in your communication.

Transparency and openness regarding a change can help the organization and its employees create trust. Employees will be more engaged and devoted to productivity during the transition phase if this is done. Furthermore, being honest about the obstacles ahead and assuring your support will go a long way toward improving business values and commitment to efficiency.

3. Lead by example.

Employees are more than ever looking to their leaders to see if they are practicing what they teach when changes occur. Consider honoring employees who are practicing what you teach in addition to living what you preach. Make them role models for others to follow in terms of the company’s ideals. Furthermore, this can go a long way toward ensuring that the corporate culture is untouched by the transition.

4. Start a movement.

Leaders should not translate social movement dynamics into change management plans too quickly or simplistically. Leaders, on the other hand, can benefit greatly from the methods of skilled movement makers. Successful movement leaders are frequently adept at presenting circumstances in ways that elicit emotion and motivate people to take action. Social pressure to conform can also be applied through framing.

5. Frame the change.

Simply discussing the need for change will not suffice when it comes to organizational culture change. Creating a sense of urgency is beneficial, but it is only temporary. People must have a strong desire, and even a sense of duty, to change in order to gain their full, long-term commitment. Change can be framed within the organization’s purpose or the “why we exist” inquiry by a leader. A healthy organizational mission necessitates striving for greatness while serving others. It requires employees to be motivated by something other than personal gain. It gives work significance, evokes individual emotion, and motivates group action.

5. Make an attempt to protect what is most important.

When a shift involves downsizing or budget cuts, there is a lot on the line. Employee training programs, team building events, and incentives and recognition programs appear to be the simpler things to give up.

However, these are the factors that have the greatest impact on employee engagement and business culture. Take, for example, team-building events, which improve employee relationships and teamwork. Rewards and recognition programs demonstrate that a company honors excellent work and encourages others to do the same. Employees’ abilities are sharpened and productivity is increased through training programs.

Rather than forsake such benefits at the risk of jeopardizing the company’s culture, it seems logical to find creative solutions. Yes, the monetary component can be removed if it is genuinely necessary, but continuing with the events can help to maintain the company culture. Praise for an outstanding employee during a meeting, for example, is inexpensive but goes a big way in preserving the culture.

6. Don’t let go of the little things that keep you going.

A change, on the other hand, can imply diversifying, resulting in more work and busier schedules. Simple things that bind individuals together in organizations may be jeopardized as a result of this. Lunching together, celebrating one other’s life events, and even inquiring about the well-being of staff are all things that might easily be forgotten.

It’s critical not to lose sight of the elements that bind a company’s culture together as it grows and diversifies. Consider a bi-weekly or monthly schedule if having company lunches weekly seems unattainable. Make a concerted effort to schedule time to commemorate birthdays and anniversaries as they occur. Efforts taken to maintain such habits, no matter how busy the firm becomes, can perform wonders in keeping the company culture.

Change is said to be the only constant in the cosmos. Change is something that all businesses will have to deal with at some point during their existence, whether they ask for it or not. The bottom line is that they must always be wary of losing everything they have worked so hard for over the years.

Check out my related post: Why is embracing change important for businesses?


Interesting reads:

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-change-your-culture-1918810

https://www.bcg.com/publications/1968/change-management-behavior-culture-why-change-is-so-difficult

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/07/23/how-do-you-change-an-organizational-culture/

https://hbr.org/2017/06/changing-company-culture-requires-a-movement-not-a-mandate

https://www.predictiveindex.com/blog/organizational-culture-change-examples/

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/employee-relations/pages/10-tips-for-changing-your-companys-culture%E2%80%94and-making-it-stick.aspx

https://www.growth-hackers.net/introducing-change-without-affecting-business-culture/

https://ideadrop.co/innovation-culture/introducing-change-without-affecting-company-culture/

https://cultureiq.com/blog/hard-initiate-modern-organizational-culture-change/

https://www.wework.com/ideas/professional-development/creativity-culture/how-to-describe-your-company-culture

https://www.bamboohr.com/blog/how-to-manage-culture-change/

https://builtin.com/company-culture/how-to-change-company-culture

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