There is widespread consensus that climate fundamentally forms the DNA of the organisation and can significantly influence employee performance and attitude. In fact, research has shown that a better workplace climate not only makes people more motivated, it can improve bottom-line performance too — by up to a staggering 30%.
On-line surveys are commonly used to ascertain climate. However, progressive organisations carry out more in depth climate assessments running focus groups to provide a candid assessment of the culture, by understanding the lived experience of all. It specifically involves seeking out the perceptions of staff in relation to a range of factors that might affect productivity, ethics, morale, communication, progression and values. The assessment provides an opportunity for individuals to share their views in a confidential, impartial environment.
Why do we need them?
Ultimately, a detailed assessment will enable the leadership of the organisation to optimise their human resource. It will highlight key issues and actions for progress; these could be to increase the level of staff satisfaction, address staff retention and recruitment issues, optimise resources and ensure the wellbeing of staff and the organisation as a whole. It also aims to provide a platform to initiate change as necessary in the organisation.
How does it help?
Ultimately, a detailed assessment will enable the leadership of the organisation to optimise their human resource. The assessment studies all the different dimensions of the workforce such as their commitment, communication skills and general culture. It also aims to provide a platform to initiate change as necessary in the organisation.