Every organisation’s culture is different, and it’s important to retain what makes your company unique. However, the cultures of high-performing organisations consistently reflect certain qualities that you should seek to cultivate:
- Alignment comes when the company’s objectives and its employees’ motivations are all pulling in the same direction. Exceptional organisations work to build continuous alignment to their vision, purpose, and goals.
- Appreciation can take many forms: a public congratulation, a gratitude, or a promotion. A culture of appreciation is one in which all team members frequently provide recognition and thanks for the contributions of others.
- Trust is very important to an organisation. With a culture of trust, team members can express themselves and rely on others to have their back when they try something new.
- Performance is key, as great companies create a culture that means business. In these companies, talented employees motivate each other to excel, and, as shown above, greater profitability and productivity are the results.
- Resilience is a key quality in highly dynamic environments where change is continuous. A resilient culture will teach leaders to watch for and respond to change with ease.
- Teamwork encompasses collaboration, communication, and respect between team members. Employees will get more done and feel happier when everyone on the team supports each other.
- Integrity, like trust, is vital to all teams when they rely on each other to make decisions, interpret results, and form partnerships. Honesty and transparency are critical components of this aspect of culture.
- Innovation leads organisations to get the most out of available technologies, resources, and markets. An innovative culture means that you apply creative thinking to all aspects of your business, even your own cultural initiatives.
- Psychological safety provides the support employees need to take risks and provide honest feedback. Psychological safety starts at the team level, not the individual level, so managers need to take the lead in creating a safe environment where everyone feels comfortable contributing.