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Topic: Culture

4 Underutilized Tools to Improve Workplace Culture

Great workplace cultures provide a critical competitive advantage for organizations. Yet amid external and internal disruptions, many companies struggle with creating engaging employee experiences and inspiring cultures. With so many ways to improve workplace culture, what should companies focus on first?

Brand new research from our 2018 Global Culture Study shows four underutilized tools can make a powerful impact on the employee experience and workplace culture: special projects, continuous performance feedback, appreciation, and purpose messaging. By taking advantage of these easy strategies, companies can significantly improve six areas that influence culture the most: purpose, opportunity, success, appreciation, wellbeing, and leadership.

In this webinar, Alexander Lovell, Manager of Research and Assessment at the O.C. Tanner Institute, and Samantha Austin, Senior Research Analyst, share brand new research on the current state of workplace culture. Alex and Sam reveal how 4 simple tools give companies an easy way to create peak employee experiences and build a company culture that retains, engages, and attracts top talent.

• Why workplace culture is crucial to a company’s success

• The current state of workplace culture around the 6 talent magnets

• The power of connecting the employee value proposition and customer value proposition around a meaningful purpose

• The unique influence of special projects, continuous performance feedback, and appreciation on building peak employee experiences and a strong workplace culture

Alex Lovell is Manager, Research and Assessment at the O.C. Tanner Institute. He is an advanced candidate for his PhD at the University of Utah and holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s from American Military University. His research focuses on the intersection between culture change and corporate civic participation. He specializes in mixed-method and multi-method research, with a focus on blending qualitative research with survey and experimental data for rich insights. Alex has consulted with a variety of companies to develop and implement culture and recognition measurement plans and has extensive experience in the management of cross-national projects, data analysis, and return on investment KPI development and calculation.

Samantha Austin is a Senior Research Analyst with O.C. Tanner, an author and cultural anthropologist.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, her MA in Medical Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England, as well as an MBA from the University of Utah.  In addition to teaching and researching in western China, she has written China: Secrets of the Dragon, and is an active participant in the non-profit community. Prior to joining O.C. Tanner, Samantha worked with a Herman Miller dealer to deliver an elevated, human-centric workplace. 

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