Workplace Culture

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Why people don’t show initiative

In March 1964, a woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed in front of her New York apartment. As it transpired, around 40 people either heard her screams, or watched the brutal event from their apartment window. Police first learned about the attack 35 minutes after it had begun.

The public were outraged not only by yet another murder in the city, but by the facts that it took so long for the police to be notified, and that no one had the courage to try to intervene.

Does Your Workplace Have UGRs?

Want to understand your culture? Understand the UGRs…

Most of us have been to a meeting where, upon conclusion, the real meetings begin. Typically, people reconvene in smaller groups to canvass a range of issues that can include displeasure at a decision that has been made, lamenting the attitudes of one or more people who were at the meeting, or planning a strategy to work around a particular outcome.

It’s often the case that those most vocal after the meeting are least likely to have spoken up during the meeting.

Values Are NOT Enough To Improve Workplace Culture

Values statements can do harm!

Increasingly, HR professionals are being urged to play a strategic role in pushing Values as the key mechanism to create a positive, productive culture.

This is occurring during times when there has never been such a wide range of pressures placed on the HR function. Performance management, employee engagement, talent management, training and development, organisational development, OHS& EHS, attraction, retention and innovation are some, but not all of the responsibilities being pushed the way of HR.

How UGRs Make or Break Corporate & Workplace Culture

To change the culture – change the UGRs

Our recent research sought responses to this question:

If the culture of your workplace was to become as good as it realistically could, how much improvement would there be on people’s performance/productivity?

Of senior leaders who responded, 91% felt performance would improve by 20% of more. Of the middle managers who responded, 58% felt performance would improve by 50% or more. These results,