ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE CHANGE
COMES FROM THE TOP DOWN
HR professionals deal with myriad workplace issues on a regular basis, in-cluding
chronic absenteeism, poor performance, persistent employee
complaints, allegations of harassment or a “poisoned work environment.”
While no workplace is immune, more often than not these issues stem, at
least in part, from a weakness in the organization’s culture.
Just as a poor organizational culture can harm a business, a strong and healthy
one can yield great dividends. By minimizing workplace discontent, and enhanc-ing
positive employee relations, a strong organizational culture is almost certain to
increase employee retention and engagement and, ultimately, productivity.
Organizational culture is made up of its members’ shared values, beliefs and be-haviours;
it also guides individual decisions and actions at the unconscious level.
As a result, it can have a potent effect on a company’s well-being and success. By Brian Wasyliw and Matthew Badrov
Follow the Leader
HRPATODAY.CA ❚ MAY/JUNE 2014 ❚ 59