#WhitepaperWednesday Highlights:  How to Create a Successful Organizational Culture - Build It

Date: June 28, 2017

Each Wednesday POE selects Whitepapers that are filled with helpful information applicable towards the workplace.  Below are the highlights, however, if you would like to download the entire article click here.


Did you know that workspaces provide a foundation for culture to thrive?  

However, currently 70% of the American workforce is not engaged.  In fact, disengaged workers cost American businesses roughly $450 to $550 billion each year in lost productivity.  


Why?  Culture types can influence the effectiveness of an organization.

In 1983 Rober Quinn and John Rohrbaugh determined two major dimensions that account for the broad change of indicators that make up organizational culture.  This is known as the Competing Values Framework.

 The two dimensions are:

1. Flexibility vs. Stability - This dimension focuses on order and control versus adaptation and dynamism.

2. Internal vs. External - This dimension differentiates an internal orientation intent on integration, collaboration, and unity from an external focus on competition, differentiation, and rivalry.  

Together, these two dimensions form quadrants with each representing a distinct set of factors that categorize the different levels of an organization.  it's also important to note that an organization's overarching structure does not always match the approach of its internal departments.

Collaborate Culture is an organization that focuses on long-term internal development and team building and supports a work environment that demonstrates flexibility, concern for people, and sensitivity for customers.

Create Culture is an organization that concentrates on doing things first by differentiating itself externally with a high degree of experimentation and individuality.

Control Culture is an organization that focuses on doing things right through internal procedure with a need for stability and control.

Compete Culture is an organization that focuses on doing things fast through external competition with a focus on results.


How can workspace be used to leverage and change culture?

Workspace design in the form of common areas, meeting areas, and individual workspaces are artifacts that can either help of hinder a company's effectiveness.  To engage workers, it's necessary to create an environment that motivates people, allowing them to innovate, collaborate, and work efficicently.