Culture building is a unique challenge for organisations at this moment in history. There are well-documented advantages of working from home, including increased productivity, employee satisfaction and reduced costs. However, the major challenge, even in normal times, is maintaining a positive connection to the company values and keeping the culture alive.
So how do you reinforce the mindset and behaviours that define your culture when the future is unclear? When many or most are working remotely? When there’s a general sense of panic and stress. And you don’t have a games room, face-to-face meetings or a water cooler?
One suggestion is to capture and share stories that are positive and reaffirming; stories which remind your workforce of your purpose, and the value of your people.
Hargraves Institute has been working remotely with organisations to capture inspiring stories from the front line. We’ve been talking to the people who’ve made innovation and improvement happen in transport, healthcare, food manufacturing and agriculture.
We’ve helped them to reflect on their innovation and problem-solving experiences to articulate:
- Their motivations
What makes them want to act?
- Their perspective
The part of the process that they are good at and enjoy.
- Their behaviours and characteristics
The things others compliment them on, and of which they are proud.
Through sharing their stories and recognising their role in innovation, these individuals have received a Hargraves Innovator Award, aligned to Deakin.Co credentials from Certificate III to Master’s Level.
We’ve found that through writing up the story in the context of the innovation, the impact, and how the company helped, not only does it reinforce the individual’s strengths and act as a role model for others, it highlights the culture the organisations are building. Sharing the stories through internal social channels strengthens connections and amplifies the message.
In addition to creating a healthy organisational culture, the innovator benefits from the positive experience and recognition, and the organisation enjoys a multi-dimensional picture of the best parts of their workplace.
Share the success of the Hargraves Innovator Awards at Sydney Trains.
To learn more, contact Tess Julian.