10 Considerations for Successful Culture Shifts- Contact Centers #2 & 3

By : Rudy Vidal | | Category : Business Contact Center Management Corporate Culture culture management Extreme Customer Satisfaction managing XCS xcs


2. Management Ownership

It’s interesting to note that the three cultural components in fig.1 are all under control of management.  In spite of this, the culture is often seen as an independent force, only to be addressed as a last resort.  It is not uncommon for managers to refer to the culture as “they,” perceiving it as the independent sum of employee attitude.  Experience shows, more often than not, that management does not take full responsibility for the culture, but at times may perceive it a cause of an inability to improve performance.

Another aspect of ownership that cannot be overemphasized is the need for management to lead by example.  Management, from supervisors to the president, need to show they understand and live the “WHY.”  Most of us assimilate examples and parables easier than literal explanations, emails or speeches.  When the workforce sees management in action, they can instantly translate what they saw into potential actions in their area of influence.  Walking the talk makes all the difference.

A successful shift is unlikely, without management ownership
of the current and future cultures.

3. Ensuring the Need for A Culture Shift

Many planned culture shifts are not necessary.  In many cases the culture is well aligned to the purpose and able to deliver, but may need incremental adjustments in one or more of its components.  It should be noted that changes in the components might not result in noticeable cultural shifts until certain thresholds are crossed.  Therefore, within these limits we are able to make adjustments for improved performance without needing to address a shift in culture.  The less invasive option is usually recommended.

It is important to assess the quality of the culture, based on its alignment to the purpose, and not based on organizational performance.

Cultures are less often a cause and more often an affect.

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4. Clarifying the “Purpose”
5. Identifying Needed Cultural Qualities
6. Employee Engagement

Rudy Vidal
Committed to XCL

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