Often, companies view the hard work of others like something not of much value. We think of their extra efforts as something we’ve already invested in and not something to pay more for.
For the best culture to be inculcated, respect, gratitude, openness and creativity are a must. This gets more and more difficult as a company grows. On the contrary, startups work on a values-based culture where everyone works to embrace the founder’s vision – to a rules-based culture driven by processes and procedures for everything.
It is important for multiple transactions to take place exigently, if a business has to thrive further. Rules hold on the employees to comfortably carry out their work, which limits their innovation and thus better results are held back. This makes no sense. Also, a purely values-based organization will fester with employees utilizing most of their time thinking how to handle each situation.
So, the question remains how can the board achieve the competence of a rules-based culture while clouting the resilience and openness of a values-based culture? Instead, the best way to balance this altercation is to make sure that employees always feel respected, secure, trusted, aligned and treated fairly.
Implement the following methods:
- Cultivate values to guide behaviour and implement them continuously
When it comes to high performance culture, values are crucial since it promotes autonomy while constructing companionship. Value alignments with that of the company’s belief is crucial to be effective, also a clear understanding of the CEO’s vision, and what he or she believes should be set up into daily functionality. In this way, employees happen to make decisions the CEO might make.
Besides, if values are behavioural, only then guidance on decision-making is virtual. For instance, “honesty” won’t practically help in making everyday decisions. Honesty is expected from all. It is important for companies to hold themselves accountable and that they are smooth for doing business with and to facilitate decisions.
Ultimately, consistency is key. Consistency may only be thought of when times are good. When times get rough, most leaders ignore their stated values or make selective implementations. The fruits of having strong, clear values can only be tasted if they guide every decision, not few decisions.
- Let the employees accede the rules.
For employees to stay engaged and operate efficiently, let employees accede the rules. Teams must be able not only to set the rules but also to alter them based on fluctuations in the business. This creates a culture of accountability and adaptability and lessens situations where employees obtusely follow management’s rules.
It is when employees understand the why of what they do from the bigger perspective which signifies the need for a strong vision and mission on a more granular scale. This is scathing to nurturing and motivating creativity, innovation and productiveness in employees.
The management must shift from dictating procedures to training the team on the company’s goals and values. Managers must also see that their teams’ efforts are aligned to achieve higher-level goals.
- Affiliate corporate-level policies with values.
It often so happens that corporate policies and procedures pile up over the years, one on top of the other. The board is held responsible for creating these or not. Hunt for plights wherein policies aren’t aligned with stated values. Question each corner of doing things, especially if nobody’s aware why a rule is being followed in that way.
- Construct the transparent workplace.
Transparency is the trait of most high-performance cultures. Employees require access to every chunk of information that may help them perform better, coordinate with others, be more creative. Employees who are more knowledgeable contribute better to the company’s goals, be it through the guidance of values or however.
Creativity and coherence, monotony and flexibility all go hand in hand. Leaders must know when and how to build the company’s culture and operations, modify as the business grows and changes.