The Secret to a Healthy Workplace Culture
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Ask any successful business leader the secret to their team’s success and chances are a great workplace culture is at the root of it.
Strategy is great. Having talented people is a must. But real wins come when culture is working.
So, how do you build a healthy and strong workplace culture? By making it a priority.
While companies may win awards for their culture, from my work in executive search, I see that developing a healthy workplace culture is no simple task.
Fostering a great place to work and play is intentional.
Here’s how you can do it:
Know how one another ticks.
As an example, the Wheel of Culture (Image) is a massive poster on an open wall in the middle of our office, which shows where each of our staff members sits on our communications wheel. We use a personality assessment tool called Insights that places you on the wheel based on your communications preferences.
We also have Lego blocks on our desk that remind team members of each person’s unique communication style.
We’ve found this empowers our team with self-awareness so they know how to improve their own communication blind spots.
Make it a part of your Org. Chart.
Make culture a priority by creating a position for it.
This is a team member who spends much of his or her job intentionally infusing your desired culture through every part of the company. This person coordinates your Culture Team, which includes a culture ambassador from each company department, and holds monthly culture events that point back to company values.
Having someone who owns the responsibility of infusing culture into every part of your company can be a game changer for your organization.
When culture is bad, no matter how talented the team or great the strategy, a team will never reach its potential. Because in good or bad, culture is the trump card that determines your team’s outcome.
How might leaders develop healthy work-place culture?
About William Vanderbloemen
William Vanderbloemen is an entrepreneur, pastor, speaker, author, and CEO/Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group (VSG), an executive search firm that helps organizations find their key staff. VSG has been named four and three times to the top of Entrepreneur.com’s Top Company Cultures list of small businesses and Houston Business Journal Best Place To Work list, respectively. VSG recently was named to Houstonia’s 2017 Best Places to Work list and Forbes’ 2017 list of America’s Top Executive Recruiting Firms.
Prior to his work in executive search, William led growth and innovation in several churches, including Houston’s oldest congregation, the First Presbyterian Church of Houston. William is a regular contributor to Forbes and Fortune.
His latest book is Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Work Culture. William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary.