Your workplace culture will be created by how well you live out your values. What you say matters, but how you systematize the culture will make the difference. And Jesus exemplified this best.
It’s the 1,000 little things you do over time that create and reinforce a cultural mindset. And you can design a process to institute culture in your workplace. Just like Jesus did in Scripture.
So how can you systematize the culture at your workplace? It will come down to how well you can do these four things.
1. What you teach.
Training is an essential component of how to systematize your culture. You cannot assume that people will know how to do things your way. You have to teach them how to do things your way.
Jesus knew that He had to teach what He expected everyone to know. He knew He had to say it in order for His followers to hear it.
Your expectations need to be laid out clearly in employee orientation. And then repeated often. At staff meetings. In electronic communications. In private conversations.
Nature abhors a vacuum. If you don’t clarify your workplace expectations, then your team will be left to try to figure it out on their own. And invariably they will develop different expectations than yours.
2. What you celebrate.
Celebrations are a great way to point out what is important. What leadership celebrates is what leadership cares about.
If you celebrate when an individual reaches their performance metric goal, then your employees will know their personal performance matters. If you celebrate what everyone accomplishes together, then they will know that team goals should be pursued.
Taking time out to celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries is an easy way to point out that you appreciate your employees. Just for who they are.
Jesus celebrated when Zacchaeus repented, even though some thought he was unredeemable (Luke 19:5-10). By celebrating his repentance, Jesus showed His priority was seeking and saving those who were lost.
3. What you model.
You cannot expect that everyone will hear everything you say. But they will “hear” everything you do.
Be willing to live under the same rules that you expect everyone else to observe. Then live out daily what you want everyone to replicate.
Jesus exemplified this idea in washing His disciples’ feet (John 13:5-15). He could have taught all day long on servanthood, but that one simple act taught them more about serving than anything He could have said.
4. What you permit.
Creating culture requires intentionality in design. It also requires consistency in implementation.
People will do what you teach, celebrate and model, but they will also do what you permit. If you condone certain behavior that goes against your core values, then people will replicate that behavior. What you passively permit has the same effect as what you actively teach, celebrate and model.
How thoroughly and consistently you systematize the culture at your workplace will determine how successfully it will be adopted by your team.
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