In today’s fast-paced and constantly evolving business landscape, fostering a connected culture within an organization is essential for success. A connected culture is one where individuals feel a sense of belonging and connection to their team and the broader organization, creating a collaborative environment where people feel supported and work together towards common goals.
The benefits of a connected culture are vast. According to a Harvard Business Review study, businesses with a strong sense of culture outperformed their competitors by a factor of 20%, while Forbes reported that businesses with a strong culture had a 29% lower turnover rate compared to those without.
Kolar Design is a leader in data-driven insights and workplace strategy that can help create a connected culture. Our expertise in spatial design and change management helps our clients improve employee engagement, leading to increased productivity and a better work environment. By analyzing data and understanding the unique needs of each client, we develop customized workplace strategies that promote well-being and collaboration, leading to a more connected culture.
To achieve this, strategy, workplace design, and change management must be considered as part of the process, not independently of each other.
The process should always begin by creating a solid strategy. The importance of doing the proper research, collaboration, and decision-making up front is critical to the success of the project. At Kolar, we specialize in creating a strategy that not only includes all stakeholders, but considers the bigger picture, including a space’s impact on people, process, place, and the greater community.
Once a strategy is in place that your team is on board with, it is time to execute the design. Design can help create a physical environment that supports collaboration and communication, and aid in creating a culture that promotes employee well-being and engagement. Important questions to ask: How will the space be used? How will people navigate and move through the space? How will this space impact well-being? These questions and many others should be considered when creating an all-encompassing design that creates a connected culture.
Change management is essential to create buy-in and ensure that everyone has a clear roadmap on what to expect. When embarking on a project, especially one that changes the daily activities of employees or visitors of a space, proper planning and communications can make or break the project’s success. Make sure all of your stakeholders understand what they can expect each step of the way. Involve effected parties throughout the strategy and design process in order to build a level of trust and engagement throughout. Outline a clear timeline for the project, and ensure to communicate thoroughly on any updates. Having a transparent plan and open communications are key to deploying a strong change management strategy.
Prioritizing a connected culture is vital for long-term growth, success, and innovation. Organizations that embrace change and adapt to new ways of working can position themselves for success in today’s competitive business world. Contact Kolar Design to learn more about how our data-driven insights can inform workplace strategies that create a connected culture and increased productivity and employee engagement. Learn more here.
- Harvard Business Review: “Proof that Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive” (https://hbr.org/2015/07/proof-that-positive-work-cultures-are-more-productive)
- Forbes: “Why Workplace Culture Matters More Than Ever” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2021/03/16/why-workplace-culture-matters-more-than-ever/?sh=641c14332503)
- Deloitte: “Organizational Culture, Change Management, and Workplace Strategies” (https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/focus/human-capital-trends/2018/organizational-culture-change-management.html)