Why didn’t someone tell you that you only need to give it 10% to be successful?
I am. Sorta.
The Company Culture
It’s not too unlikely that if you’re an HR pro you’ve been in meetings where the company culture is being discussed – or complained about more likely. The fact is, whenever someone brings up corporate culture, all heads turn slowly in your direction until you feel the the intense heat of 15 eyeballs on you.
Culture is HR’s department right?
Finance is about numbers. Sales is about, well, numbers and sales. Marketing is about, um, numbers (how many likes did we get on Facebook last week?)
HR is about, well, other than picnics, it’s about culture. While I’ve made the argument here before that culture is really a management issue across the board (assisted by HR) you know that when the CEO says fix the culture the subtext is “Why isn’t HR doing their job?”
Stop Working So Hard
Here’s the truth… you’re working too hard to change culture.
Recently, Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.
Read that again – 10% = ALWAYS adopted by the majority of the society.
There are naysayers (read some of the comments on the post from the Freakonomics blog about this.)
The Net Net
Find a smaller contingent of employees who hold the beliefs and values that best represent your company. Invest in them and their ability to have conversations about their point of view with others in the organization. Let them have blogs and other communication tools that let them reach out to the rest of the organization.
Let that 10% do your job for you.
But the bottom line for HR pros – you’re probably better off focusing your efforts on a few committed folks in your organization than trying to run a big campaign to change a “majority” of employee opinion.
Paul Hebert is Senior Account Executive at WorkStride, Inc, and a writer, speaker and consultant. Paul focuses on helping connect best-in-class incentive technology platform to behaviors you need drive business results through employees, channel partners and consumers.
Using proven motivational theory, behavioral economics and social psychology he has driven extraordinary company performance for his clients. Paul is widely considered an expert on motivation, incentives, and engagement.
Other notable activities:
- Interviewed by the BBC on executive motivation and pay
- Quoted three times in USATODAY as an expert in incentives and channel travel programs
- Published in Loyalty360 magazine
- Writer and founding member of the editorial advisory board at the HRExaminer website
- Contributing author of “Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook: A Roadmap to Achieving Organizational Results Through People”
- Contributing author of 3 books on social media “The Age of Conversation #1, #2, and #3”