With all of this information at hand, you may be wondering, “Where do I start with my own company culture?”
The first step is to get a current reading on your company’s culture from the people who work there. An easy way to do this is through a survey.
In order to get the most out of the survey it must have 3 key features:
Anonymity: You want honesty so employees need to feel safe to provide productive feedback. If employees don’t feel safe, they may give answers they think management wants to hear and that does not move a company forward.
Respectful Process: You want thoughtful feedback so you need to give your employees time to respond to the survey. Explain why their ideas are so important to getting the culture right.
Effective Questions: The way questions are worded can affect how people respond. Spend time developing the questions to eliminate bias and encourage employees to share their ideas.
We have included two examples of culture surveys to get you started.
Open Ended Question Survey:
How would you describe your workplace culture in three words?
How likely would you be to recommend your workplace to a friend or family?
Do you feel respected by your team? Is so, how? If not how?
What aspects of the business could be improved to make it a better workplace for you?
How would you describe the leadership and management style within your organization?
How does your organization define success?
Do you think the organization prioritizes diversity and inclusivity within the workplace? How is this demonstrated?
How does the work you do impact the business?
Do you feel listened to and able to contribute ideas to the organization? Give an example to demonstrate your answer.
How would you explain your work-life balance?
Rating Question Survey:
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being Never and 10 being Always) rate the following statements:
The work I do contributes to fulfilling our organization’s mission.
I see behaviors displayed across our organization that are consistent with our company’s core values.
I have a good understanding of our organization’s mission, values, and goals.
I feel that I can voice my opinion and management will be responsive.
My contribution to my team is recognized and appreciated.
Our organization constantly looks for ways to improve our products and services.
The pace of work at our organization enables employees to do a good job.
Our culture supports employees’ health and wellbeing.
Our culture demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
I would recommend my friend to work at our company.
Adapted from: Quantum Workplace
These examples give you a place to begin. Your culture survey may include a combination of these questions as well as questions that are specific to your industry and work environment.
Having an objective viewpoint as you conduct a survey can be very helpful. G2 Solutions has experience in guiding companies through this process. Contact us for more information.