"We have started a culture!"
May 17, 2008 8:01 AM Subscribe
Does your workplace have a clearly-stated 'organizational culture' or defined theme or an All-Encompassing Guiding Principle
for employees? I've been told to create one for our company. From scratch
posted by GuffProof to Work & Money (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in HR at a manufacturing company with 200+ employees; ninety percent work in the plant, general factory labor.
High turn-over, low morale, conflicts, harassment, drinking, drugs, unfit supervisors... the bigger we get, the worse these problems become.
Not for lack of trying. We recognize these problems and work hard to turn things around. (Training programs, policy revisions, stepped-up enforcement, employee apprciation events, etc. ) With little result, unfortunately.
The execs decided that our efforts fail because they are unfocused and scatter-shot. 'We put out individual fires with no comprehensive firefighting plan.'
They have tasked me with fixing this. They want a theme. A guiding principle for our 'workplace culture'.
Something that all our efforts would trace back to... something to change and set the tone in the plant.
Trouble is, no one here (incl. me) has any experience with this type of thing. It's a family company with a very casual approach. No mission statements, few meetings, no tolerance for Dilbert-ization or business cliches. Until now, I guess.
Where do I start? The execs are no help. When I asked for guidance, a hint of what they had in mind, I was told "You want us to do your job for you. You tell us."
I replied that I just wanted a feel for what they were looking for in a theme, they told me to "go read a book or something."
I will do some reading / research, but I also want to hear your first-hand experiences. Would something like "ABC Company: A Culture of Respect" be too general? It keeps coming to mind, I must have heard it somewhere.
Any suggestions or descriptions of what works (or doesn't) in YOUR workplace would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!!