In a very real sense, the corporation is its culture.
The culture, or corporate personality, includes everything that makes up the corporation and gives it its unique identity, distinguishing it from other businesses even if they create the same, or similar, products. In short, the culture can be defined as "the way we do things around here." According to i4cp's research, being seen as a "good place to work" is one of the biggest differentiators between high- and low-performance organizations. Having a culture where employees are innovative, aware of external factors and ready to take on new challenges is crucial. This insight isn't new, but actually getting there is another story.
For over 40 years, i4cp has been working with organizations to enable high performance by identifying strategies and practices that result in a positive, impactful culture, which in turn leads to real business results. High-performance organizations tend to have a culture where:
- Employees are loyal to the company and more involved on a personal level.
- Cohesiveness, loyalty and readiness to change are fostered, and employees are treated well.
- Employees have the freedom to use their judgment and discretion to change processes or procedures to improve business outcomes.
- Ethics are promoted and valued.
Through a combination of peer networking, research, tools and technology, i4cp provides actionable value in the following Culture Knowledge Centers:
- Corporate Culture
Examines the cultural and managerial issues involved in creating and sustaining an innovative, productive and engaged workplace.
Recommendations for addressing and reducing racial, sexual, age and religious discrimination in the workplace.
- Diversity and Inclusion
Explores how to develop and manage a diverse talent pool and use it to maximize business results.
- Employee Privacy
Explores balancing the right of employees to privacy with the need and right of employers to protect themselves, and provides information to help formulate strategies and solutions to deal with privacy issues before they arise.
- Ethics in Business
Examines the factors that influence business ethics, highlights approaches employed by organizations worldwide to forge ethical corporate cultures, and provides insights on compliance mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley.
- Generational Workforce
Sketches out the characteristics of the four generations present in the workplace and offers strategies for coordinating and maximizing their productivity.
- Mergers and Acquisitions
Follows merger and acquisition activity worldwide and examines the human capital challenges and strategies involved in achieving M&A success.
- Work/Life Balance
Examines the prevalence and usage of nontraditional work arrangements such as virtual offices , flexible scheduling, telecommuting, job- or desk-sharing and compressed workweeks.
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