Corporate culture is a complex subject. Yet analyzing your company's culture can help you create a plan to improve it.
This 15-question survey has been developed to serve as a starting point for your analysis.
Answer each true/false question according to what is true most of the time. And answer based on how your organization actually acts -- not how you would like it to be.
1. I know how my projects contribute to the success or failure of our organization.
2. Management here makes lots of announcements to employees.
3. I have colleagues from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds.
4. In this organization, people who are not ready to be promoted after a certain length of time at their level are generally encouraged to leave.
5. Departments or teams compete with each other for our organization's resources.
6. When people are not getting along here, it's a long time before we directly address the issue.
7. When it's time for me to learn a new skill, training is readily available at no cost to me.
8. When the boss tells us to "jump!" we ask "how high?"
9. It takes a long time for this organization to address customer concerns.
10. Many employees expect to work at this organization for their whole careers.
11. Senior management says the door is always open -- and they mean it.
12. It is fun to work here.
13. We have three or fewer layers of management.
14. We have performance reviews less than once a year.
15. Compensation and benefits are relatively low here.
Go to the next page to score your quiz.
Count your "True" responses in each third of the quiz (questions 1- 5, 6-10, 11-15). The section in which you have answered "True" the most times corresponds to the culture type your organization most closely matches. If you have the same number of "True" responses in more than one section, your culture matches this combination of types. On the next page, you'll find a list of primary advantages and potential pitfalls of each one.
For questions 1-5:
If you had the most "True" responses in this set of questions, your company has a Deliberative/Traditional culture.
For questions 6-10:
If you had the most "True" responses in this set of questions, your company has an Established/Stable culture.
For questions 11-15:
If you had the most "True" responses in this set of questions, your company has an Urgent/Seat of the Pants culture.
Is your culture type consistent with your expectations? If so, you probably have a good handle on how your company behaves, its primary cultural drivers, and how to make improvements where necessary.
Is your type different from what you thought it would be? If so, you might have an unrealistic perception of your company's character and values. Take a closer look at your answers above, and use the questions themselves as a guide to shifting your organization's behaviors toward becoming the type of culture you would like to see.
About the authors:
Debra Woog McGinty, principal of connect2 Corporation, coaches leaders to be expert managers. She welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Moss provides emerging companies with recruiting consulting services through her company Blueprint. She welcomes your comments at email@example.com.
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