O.C. Tanner’s Global Culture Report for 2024 shows that the average engagement score in organizations is down. This could be due to many reasons, but what stands out in the research is an immediate need to center organizations more around people, focus on empathetic leadership, and build a stronger workplace culture.
2024 Global Culture Report from O.C. Tanner
This is why we always talk about company culture. In a fast-paced, stressful environment, like in many of today’s startups, a great company culture can be the glue that holds the team together and motivates people to continue showing up each day and working towards common goals. But this same environment often suffers from toxic subcultures, especially as companies grow and scale. Without continued focus on culture, leaders can inadvertently foster false harmony and division where there should be cooperation and innovation.
The report also highlights the powerful impact of empathy and agility.
“Organizations that truly see, hear, and value employees can turn empathy from a buzzword into an impactful, teachable practice and create environments where people know they’re valued and respond with loyalty and great work.”
We’ve seen massive shifts these past few years in workplace policies, philosophies, and structure, as well as shifts in the demographics, skill sets, and values of employees. What is critical for organizations now is to approach future changes with people as the first priority. Fortunately, it’s absolutely possible to create teams and cultures where employees want to come, do their best work, and stay, even in the face of ongoing change.
Reach out to us to learn more about how we can help you build a thriving culture.