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Navigating Workplace Culture in a New Era

Few issues have risen to prominence as rapidly as workplace culture.  While a healthy corporate culture may always have been aspirational, we are now in a new era. Priorities have shifted. Stakeholders - from regulators to shareholders, employees to job candidates – are doing their due diligence because received wisdom says that the success and shortcomings of an organisation starts with its culture. 

What is workplace culture? It’s what makes a workplace tick. In theory, it’s about the values and priorities of an organisation as articulated in mission statements, annual reports, policies and procedures. In real life, it’s about the speak-up culture and how those who report wrongdoing are treated. It’s about the gender pay gap, pay parity and transparency. It’s about the full spectrum of diversity and difference, including recognising generational preferences and encouraging neuro-diversity. It’s about employee engagement, voice and opportunity. It’s about what is said on social media and behind closed doors, and in staff surveys, exit interviews and on employee review sites. It’s about how things are done when stuff goes wrong. It’s about respect and fairness.

In short, it is about having a mindset that goes beyond simply complying with the rules.

But moving the dial on culture takes time, strong leadership and messaging. It also takes a significant investment in training that is meaningful to the audience, and to this end, we are seeing employers move away from a compliance approach to a values-based approach in order to embed and bring to life the core values of their organisations.

Throughout the year we will be looking at how employers can proactively influence the culture of their organisation and how they can tackle any challenges.

Blogs and articles

Read our blog on cultivating workplace culture.

Click here to read a Q&A with Sarah Henchoz about how the shift in culture will impact the workplace of the future (originally published in Legal Business’ Disputes Yearbook).

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