Organizational culture has been a subject of marked interest from the 80s to the present day, becoming an element of relevant strategic importance. The development of the organizational culture allows the members of the organization to carry out certain behaviors.
An open and human work culture encourages the participation and mature behavior of all members of the organization, if people commit and are responsible; it is because the work culture allows it. This virtue leads organizations towards excellence and success.
Culture over time has been a mixture of spiritual and emotional traits and distinctions, which characterize a society or social group in a given period.
What do we mean when we talk about culture?
“Culture is everything that identifies an organization and differentiates it from another by making its members feel part of it as they share the same values, beliefs, rules, procedures, norms and language”.
Organizations transmit their culture overtime, and it changes all the time, following the organizational dynamics and by the internal pressures and the external influence.
Organizations have their own culture: a system of shared beliefs and values to which the human element that conforms them attaches. The corporate culture creates, and in return is created, for the quality of the internal environment; consequently, it determines the degree of cooperation and of dedication and consistency of the institutionalization of purposes within an organization.
Ambition: an important element that functions as a driver of the values and beliefs of the organization. As long as the value system determines goodwill and willingness to change,
ambitions reflect the direction and possibilities of a major change. The individual and collective aspirations of the members of an organization demonstrate their desire to meet the goals and objectives.
The main responsibility of the General Directors is to determine what is conducive to the strategic changes of whose instrumentation is responsible. To carry out the foregoing, the Directors must know the philosophies, ideologies and aspirations that predominate in the collective mind of the organization; then you must discern the way in which these forces
affect any attempt to change.
Since aspirations determine culture, the General Directors must constantly be inquiring, feeling and directing the organization’s staff, in order to help develop understandable, coherent and explicit statement of the company’s aspirations. These statements will include the mission, of the goals and their priorities and the objectives of the company. When these aspirations are a strong and positive set of values, they receive the enthusiastic support of the members of the organization, they start to commit, the most important factor for the effective implementation of strategic change.
Organizational culture and sense of belonging: the great challenge for companies
The organizational culture is the most valuable asset of a company, defines what the company is and towards where it heads. Not only does it support the foundations of the business, but also it is what drives and encourages people every day in the organization. While culture must be pre-designed by executives, who will carry the “flag” of the
company and appropriate it, will be the collaborator who will follow and show it to new members and to the people outside the company. For this, it is necessary that there are collaborators committed and feel part of the community.
Those companies that care for the well-being of their employees beyond the growth of the business will be those capable of generating a very strong engagement with the employee. To increase the commitment of the collaborators, the company should promote a culture of empowerment, recognition and praise. Regarding this, communication is a very important factor. The key is bring culture closer to employees, making them part of the company’s processes and decisions. The participation of collaborators through proposals is very important, and thus achieve. They feel identified with the company.