No one knows how the workplace will change in the next decade due to various factors such as climate change, technological advancements, and globalization. However, one thing is sure: culture change is inevitable. The goal of change is to acknowledge that what worked in the past won’t continue working in the future.
The era of rigid rules and controlled processes are over. Instead, they are becoming a thing of the past because they can hamper work processes.
To prepare for the changes in the workplace, focus on developing a culture aligned with the global trends. Although it is essential to understand the organization’s goals and vision clearly, it is also crucial that the executive management commits to the process. This step will allow them to evaluate the current state of the culture and identify areas where they can improve.
Explore Desired Values and Behaviors
Before starting the process, the executive management must clearly understand the organization’s goals and vision. Your leaders should create a set of values and behaviors aligned with their culture. Understanding these values and behaviors clearly can help people relate to their daily actions. Having a behavioral descriptor for each value will help employees make informed decisions and improve their performance.
Promote Open Communication
Follow up regularly with staff members to ensure that they are aware of the progress of the project and the upcoming changes. Also, be open to employee feedback and suggestions so that they can participate in the process. Don’t try to dictate the outcome of the change, and avoid threatening or forcing employees to follow a specific direction.
Keep Strategy and Processes in Mind
Work with the marketing department to update company policies and procedures. Also, review your recruitment systems to make sure that they are aligned with your company’s values. Ensure that your hiring teams are focused on addressing the cultural fit of new hires.
Train and Support
Training courses and support systems are needed to help employees transition to a new culture. The goal is to explain how the change will benefit everyone and how it will make the company more successful. Employees should also understand how they can fit into the company’s overall picture.