April 11, 2019
It seems obvious: When everyone who works together feels good about what they’re doing, more gets done. Whether the task is to cook a family meal, manage client investments, repair a car or help students master new skills, positive culture and climate support engagement and productivity. If you’ve ever worked in a toxic environment, where negativity is high and trust is low, you know that can interfere with achieving goals.
Culture doesn’t need to be planned; it develops naturally among a group of people who regularly spend time together. However, intentionally considering culture and climate can ensure positivity. The new Y4Y Click & Go — Building a Positive Organizational Culture and Climate
— introduces research-based ideas and strategies to help you and your colleagues reflect on program culture and climate, then act to keep the beat strong and positive.
Here are some quick culture and climate factoids:
- Some researchers liken an organization’s culture to its personality, and its climate to its attitude. Note that changing one won’t necessarily change the other.
- It’s important to work as a group to define common values and goals. Be sure to include staff, students and family members when you do this.
- Capture your values and goals in mission, vision, culture and climate statements. Then, reflect on what the actions and behaviors should be if you live the values and goals.
OK, now you’re starting to get the idea! The Click & Go’s bite-sized podcasts and mini-lesson are seven to 15 minutes long, just right to have with a meal, while you exercise or during your commute. Go here to get a taste