Are you in love with your company’s culture? 

Written by Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance
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Why has the alignment of company culture and employees’ values become so important? We all agree that company culture plays a role in attracting, retaining and engaging employees. But how key is it?
 
First of all, it is important to distinguish engaged employees from happy workers. 
 
Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.
 
A happy employee does not necessarily translate into a contribution to the Engagement-Profit-Chain. At the bottom line, it is all about increased Business Performance.
 
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Source: Forbes Online, The Engagement-Profit-Chain
 

Barriers to Employee Engagement 

The study “Barriers to Employee Engagement” by the Zeno Group, surveyed 4,500 employees globally in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Singapore. It revealed that employees globally are concerned about the the company’s mission and values. In other words, the foundation of corporate culture and decision-making. 
 
As many as 44 percent of respondents globally said they are concerned about their company’s values, with a substantial 38 percent saying they “do not know what their company truly stands for.” 
 
Further findings illustrate the importance of the value alignment. It is important to realise, that 70% of employees consider their workplace not only a means to an end, but also an important part of their identity. In addition, 87% say they want to “feel like part of a family.” To put it differently, they are seeking a connection to their work beyond the pay check.

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Source: Zeno, 2019 Barriers to Employee Engagement 
 
Read more about the study and how to act on these findings here
 
In addition, I selected for you articles as food for thought.
 
How to address Automation Anxiety? How can you build trust and create a safe and personal environment as a leader? Are you including your remote team members?
 
Equally important, listen to this week’s inspiring and entertaining TedTalk by Patty McCord (the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix) on how to build a company people want to work for.

Automation Anxiety is on the Agenda 

Robots Media coverage in recent weeks has placed a clear spotlight on automation and its implications for the workforce of the future. As a result, automation is now emerging as a new item on the communications agenda, as management must decide how to talk to their employees about new technologies and the impact on the job environment.
 

Why Highly Efficient Leaders Fail

Failing Leaders
With ever-increasing demands at work for both mid-level and senior leaders, the ability to execute and get things done is a key driver of success. But it can ultimately become a leader’s downfall, resulting in unintended costs for the individual, as well as for their teams and organizations.
 

How Leaders Can Open Up to Their Teams Without Oversharing

 
In the age of social sharing, people who work together know more and more about each other. In general, this is a good thing for peers and leaders. Research shows our brains respond positively to people when we feel a personal connection with them. We try harder, perform better, and are kinder to our colleagues. Command and control management is on its way out, and bosses who practice empathy and make an effort to connect with their subordinates are in.

Ideas for Helping Remote Colleagues Bond

Remote teamsResearch consistently shows that remote employees tend to feel excluded from the company culture. Remote workers report feeling as if they are not treated equally and often fear that their colleagues are working against them. When a problem arises, nearly half of remote workers let it fester for weeks or more.
Read about two strategies with proven success in terms of increasing engagement. 
 

BONUS: 8 Lessons on Building a Company People Enjoy Working For 

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.
 
TedTalk Video

About Timeo-Performance

We are in the Skills Business! 



Through recruitment, training and consulting, Timeo-Performance provides solutions for increased performance of companies, teams and individuals.​

As our clients are in the center of global business and often serve the APAC region, our solutions need to be sustainable in a multicultural and remote context.​

Our joint venture with Akteos, the European leader in intercultural training, and partnership with digital learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge have therefore been organic and logical additions to our service. 
Timeo-Performance has been helping companies in APAC increase business performance since 2008 with offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

We love what we do, feel the Timeo-Performance experience.  

Timeo-Performance 150 Cecil Street #15-01 | Singapore 069543 | +65 6327 9218 | contact@timeo-performance.com | www.timeo-performance.com

Isabelle Larche
Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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