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[Webinar Recap] 2018 Trends in Workplace Culture

Trends in Workplace Culture

What will be the biggest cultural shifts coming to the workplace in 2018? The ways that companies approach their culture are constantly evolving. 2018 is no different — organizations are looking to improve their workplace culture to keep pace during the new year.So, what new trends and best practices should organizations look out for in 2018? CultureIQ

Culture Strategist Rea Abrahams dove into this topic during a recent ‘fireside chat’ with a panel of trusted culture experts. Read on for our recap of the conversation and their insights on the culture trends to keep an eye on this year.

But First, Some Context

We held this ‘fireside chat’ in a recent webinar, where our panel answered questions our attendees had submitted — we had over 200 culture questions to sift through! You can watch the hour-long webinar here. We also discussed how to scale culture as you scale your company, how to motivate leaders to embody culture, and 2018 culture trends we’re looking out for. Our panel of culture experts included: Chris WilliamsManaging Director at Root, Inc, a creative consultancy helping organizations face strategic change, onboarding, and culture transformation. Brandon SmithA speaker, writer, executive coach, and professor focused on eliminating workplace dysfunction. Brandon writes about culture and workplace health on this blog, The Workplace Therapist. Tania LunaA partner at LifeLabs, which specializes in trainings for companies going through rapid growth. Tania is also the author of ‘Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable & Engineer the Unexpected.’Robin ZanderA consultant, event organizer, and cafe owner working with individuals and organizations to maximize their potential. Robin is also the author of ‘Responsive: What it Takes to Create a Thriving Organization.’

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Culture Trends To Adopt

Tanya: A Culture that Supports Remote Work

At LifeLabs, we’re seeing an increasing demand for company workshops around working remotely — or leading remotely.

Remote work will only become more common in 2018. To stay ahead of the curve, companies should proactively improve their systems to support a remote team. Employees should have the support they need to develop the skill sets involved in a remote team.

Chris: A Culture that’s Ready to Automate

At Root Inc, we’re hearing a lot on the cultural implications of automation. It’s coming, regardless of industry.

Companies need to prepare their people and their operations for that automation. They need to communicate that automation doesn’t steal jobs. It frees up capacity. It helps people do their jobs more effectively.

Brandon: A Resilient Culture in a Quickly Changing World

Companies are developing a spirit of conscious resilience thanks to two things.

First, companies are committing to more identity work to document their culture. Who are we? How do we operate? What shape does our team take?

Second, companies have to keep up with an almost unprecedented pace of change. Mergers, acquisitions, new startups… almost every company is undergoing change of some sort. These companies need to create a necessary resilience in the face of that change, just to survive.

Robin: A Focused Culture

The pace of change is getting faster and faster. The companies that survive have a clear purpose and a clear mission. They also communicate that purpose effectively to their teams and stay focused in achieving it.

Rea: Leaders that Embody the Company’s Culture

At CultureIQ, we’re seeing a shift in organizational leaders. They’re realizing that culture is important to their bottom line and can be a competitive advantage. So those leaders are actively working to build a strategy around strengthening culture.


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