I was a motivational speaker for a manufacturing organization where I was shocked at the smug work culture.
Before the speech, I was walking through the halls when I overheard a conversation suggesting that Sally shows up late for work at least twice a week (as a rule). Why? Because she knows she can get away with it. In fact several of her coworkers do the same thing. They also take longer breaks than they are supposed to and often take some of the facilities supplies home for their children.
This workplace suffers from a weak work culture. The employees have very low commitment to the job and try to get away with as much as they can. A weak work culture is often more determined by employees than by employers. The organizations’ work culture isn’t strong or apparent enough on its own so instead employees set the tune. Often because they have been with the organization for a long time (in some jobs a long time is a year) these employees have seen it all and they don’t want change. There presence is strong so they set the pace for others. These employees have a stronghold over the work culture, dragging everyone down to their level.
What these organizations lacks is leadership, clear expectations and repercussions. This culture needs to be shocked into reality. A take no prisoners approach that sets crystal clear expectations about what is appropriate behavior and what is not. In weak culture employees look to other staff members to determine what’s right. A culture Shock hurls them into a stronger work culture where resistance is dealt with head with clear repercussions.
Steps to Boost Morale and Productivity:
►Set clear expectations and repercussions write it out and give a copy to all employees to sign
►Define respectfully behavior- & be specific about what it is (listening, be sincere, saying please and thank you) and what it isn’t (bullying, harassing, intimidation)
►Model respect and good work habits
►Focus on doing things that give employees a sense that they are important and that their ideas are being listened to
I enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the manufacturing organization, I was hired to speak on the Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout! During the motivational speech, I continually weaved in hints about job commitment.