By: Cherie Anderson A work culture can simply be defined as a way of thinking, behaving, or working within a team or organization. One of my minors in college was Anthropology with an emphasis in Cultural Diversity. I have always been fascinated with how and why people behave the way that they do. My curiosity asked questions like; what influences their behaviors and motivates the decisions they make? Was it their practiced customs, habits, societal influences or personal and familial beliefs. The truth is that all of these items influence the people that we are currently and contributes to what we bring into our workplaces. These unique individual contributions make up the groups or organizations we presently work in. So with the uniqueness of each individual within your organization, how do you create an empowered team culture that reflects the core business values of your organization. Well during my tenure here at IDO I have watched our team evolve and expand into a group of leading individuals that each carry the weight and responsibility of their assigned duties with excellence that supports our core values. The climate created and maintained has determined the type of culture grown. Here are my observations on creating the right climate:
- Open communication. Leaders who have an open door policy and a listening ear remove barriers and build bridges. Everyone wants and needs to know that they are valuable contributors to the team, even if all of their ideas or input are not implemented.
- Reinforced values and goals. Continually visiting the company’s core values and casting the present business goals keeps everyone aligned, focused and empowered that they are working toward the same outcome.
- Defined accountability. Team members have optimal work performance when there are clearly defined expectations and are accountable for their assigned job tasks.
I have a great appreciate for the group of individuals that contribute to our strong team here at IDO.