Most organizations fail in their attempt to modify organizational culture. In fact, only 15% of organizations who have attempted to change their cultures have reported success. But, there are commonalities in the approaches of those successful organizations, as revealed in the bestselling book Culture Renovation™ and corresponding research study by human capital research firm i4cp
i4cp’s research uncovered 18 specific tactics which organizations can employ to create effective change. Yet, none of these tactics will work if your organization’s leadership doesn’t first fully understand the culture—and its nuances—in place today.
In fact, two-thirds of organizations that report successfully renovating their cultures started by gathering sentiment and related data from key stakeholders to understand how they viewed the existing culture and what they would like the new culture to be. And as a cautionary note, relying on an annual engagement survey has been shown to poor gauge of culture health.
Conducting early assessments and gathering feedback creates numerous benefits:
- Assessing culture health will help uncover areas of strength and improvement needs, while creating the opportunity to benchmark against high-performance organizations.
- Identifying cultural problems will better enable you to target where they are occurring and why—so you can defuse them for the future.
- Gaining an accurate, holistic understanding of your culture today will allow you to correctly shape the culture you envision for tomorrow.
As a result, organizations can better set their cultural path and desired behaviors.
i4cp’s Culture Renovation™ Assessment combines employee listening techniques with analysis of external sentiment data to help your executives truly understand their culture in this manner. Modeled on our Healthy Culture Index, it measures an organization across three actionable dimensions:
- High-performance mindset (e.g., accountability, collaboration, transparency)
- Employee experience (e.g., inclusion and diversity, employee engagement, personal growth)
- Risk profile (e.g., talent retention, reputation, ethics, customer centricity)
A set of unique benchmarks also provide a view into high-performing organizations that have successfully transformed their culture.
Culture changes are complex. But, with the right insights in hand, executives and people leaders can navigate those challenges to plan, build and maintain a successful Culture Renovation™.
Our team of experts is also here to help you get started—and take the first step toward a healthier future by scheduling a Culture Insights meeting with us