Building Culture from the Bottom-Up
- Build a sense of psychological safety: By being inclusive towards other people and ensuring that everyone on the team feels a sense of comfort in voicing their ideas and thoughts, you can help other team members in bringing their whole and best selves to work. Encourage people to embrace their vulnerability and to be authentic around each other. Display moral courage to call out and seek help in case anyone is being victimized or discriminated against.
- Nurture belongingness: Research indicates that having friends at work improves engagement levels and performance. If you can make other people feel like they belong, the workplace will become much better to work at. And irrespective of the overall culture of the organization, your own team can have a ‘microculture’ where people feel a sense of belonging and bonding.
- Create a shared purpose: Whether it is team meetings or team deliverables, ensure that your colleagues and you are clear about the ‘why’ of what you are doing. Define your ‘ways of working’ to set protocols that everyone is comfortable with, around team meetings, deliverables, coaching and mentoring, and the way things are done in the team.
It certainly helps if the leadership of an organization works to drive organization culture and to link it to the vision and mission as well as organizational strategy. However, through a bottom-up approach, every individual can influence and improve the culture that they work in and make work more fun and rewarding. So are you ready?