Utilize the Hidden Potential of Team Culture

by Jody Ordioni

Company culture is the character and personality of an organization. It is the modern workplace paradox. Leaders need to realize that homogeneity and culture do not go together. The obsession with organizational culture is not leading to any progress. A positive culture is one wherein the employees feel comfortable and learn skills that complement their growth. Our research suggests that 84% of employees are just completing the work hours. To perform better, teams must add to the culture of the company and not simply fit in.

People are affected by their company. Thus, to change the mindset of the employee, you need to change their environment. Here are some suggestions to bring in an improvement in culture:

Increase the Visibility of the Teams

The teams need to be seen and heard to feel that they are important. To extract maximum benefit from the concept of team culture, start by identifying formal and informal teams. Real-time technology can be incorporated to understand and support team culture.

Provide a Safe Environment

In order to let people speak up, the environment must be conducive. Creativity can only grow fully in a space that feels safe, collaborative, and trustworthy. Psychological safety allows the teams to build their own subcultures. Absence of fear of reproach raises the confidence of the members. Trust is important, not only for cooperation in the team, but also for keeping the behavior of each employee on track. Since everyone can express themselves, there is no pent-up frustration.

Don’t Discourage Team Efforts

Many managers feel that team cultures can lead to loss of control and dissolve into chaos. However, it is seen that autonomy leads to an increase in accountability and performance, both at individual and group levels. Engagement with work happens most successfully through team efforts. Being a part of any team spikes the feeling of belonging and leads to alignment of the individual with the company. Team culture is the beta version of company culture. Different version work for different teams.

Internal Changes are Important

Sometimes, trying to change everything can prove futile, and nothing changes for the better. Bringing about company-level transformation requires incremental changes- one team at a time. An organization is like a tree, reliant on its network of roots for sustenance. Instead of trying to reform things from the top-down, try to bring about changes from the inside out. The sub-cultures that are characteristic of smaller teams are the steps to change. Let innovation and transformation flourish in each sector and team. Look for ways to incorporate teams into creative problem-solving.

Forming Stronger Bonds

According to our research, the primary goal of any team should be to build trust and cooperation between its members. The internal bonds need to be strong since the quality of relationships are reflected in the quality of work. Bringing harmony in different working styles and perspectives is key to understanding that each member is unique and brings some value to the table.

Let Employees Explore

It is important for each employee to experience various aspects of the company. Coming up with strategies that allow employees to understand different sub-cultures of the company is one way to expand the cultural base of the company. In-house internships can be designed to facilitate this venture. The different teams can meet up and exchange their strategies and work methods in monthly meetings. Keeping people on a rotating schedule makes the job more challenging, creative, and engaging.

Encourage Team Rituals

Each team has their method of completing their jobs and daily agendas. These methods define both the culture and the output. Well-designed rituals are known to increase the emotional connection with the work and the organization. It helps to make the work more meaningful and brings a purpose to the daily routine, thereby increasing the employee engagement rate.

The Bottom Line

The power of team culture should not be taken for granted. The overall culture is important in the long run but elevating team cultures and then integrating them into a whole is a better method to not break the routine in the work. The shift is not necessarily smooth, but no emotional processes are.

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