Written by Anna Bernstein on 18 Jun 2014
Business culture refers to behaviour; the behaviour of people within a business and how it is affected by the values, visions, beliefs, actions and habits of that business. Business Culture affects everything within a business, from the way in which processes are carried out, to the way in which people interact and communicate with one another.
Organisational cultures exist everywhere, and throughout your life, you will have been a part of many without ever even realising. These cultures form over time and are taught and continued through experience, perception and interpretation. A good example of your first encounter of an organisational culture is high school. Remember when you first started high school? Your entire way of life most likely changed round about this time. You stopped playing games, stopped playing with toys and instead adopted what you perceived to be a more mature personality and behaviour; and you did this to fit in. This is an example of you adapting to an organisational culture, the culture of high school. The ways in which we act, behave, interact, communicate and perform are all determined by the cultures of which we belong.
Taking this into consideration, it is clear to see why creating a positive and productive culture is critical to the performance and success of a business.
Benefits of a Strong Business Culture
Research has proven that companies which maintain a strong business culture benefit from a number of positive performance factors - these include:
What sort of Business Culture do you belong to?
Do you feel that you share and believe in the vision, values and goals of your company?
Are you motivated to work?
Do you perform to your best and feel valued for your efforts and contribution?
If you answered yes to all or most of these questions then congratulations, it would appear that you are part of a strong business culture!
However, if you answered no then your workplace may be suffering due to poor cultural habits that could permeate throughout all aspects of the company affecting you, your colleagues and the overall performance of the business.
Time for a change!
It is the responsibility of higher management and company leaders to identify weak business culture. Only they can invoke the change necessary to make a positive impact. Unfortunately it is here that the problem often lies; identifying weak business culture and making the change!
If no one realises a problem exists, or they can’t identify what the root of the problem is, how can we ever expect change to take place? This is a very common problem and is not a sign of failure or weakness in itself. Running a business is an extremely demanding task and it is all too easy to become so focused on where you want to be, that you overlook where you are and how that is affecting your team.
As part of the Momenta Performance Academy, we work closely with organisations to identify and address what changes need to take place in order to improve performance; helping to implement and embed it successfully within the organisation. We do this through a process we call NAVIGATE = Necessity – Analysis – Vision – Implications – Grading – Alignment – Transformation – Excellence. With NAVIGATE we can identify what needs changing and why.
Alternatively, it is often a good idea to bring in a fresh perspective which can be provided by an interim manager. An interim manager will bring years of specialised experience to your company, as well as a fresh and insightful viewpoint that can help identify organisational cultural weaknesses. At Momenta, we are experts in the recruitment and outsourcing of the UK’s top interim managers across a wide breadth of sectors.
Find out more today by contacting us or call us on 020 7374 5610, we are always happy to talk through your needs and requirements.