logo

Climate and culture

Culture and engagement differentiate companies

Organisational culture, climate and engagement are interlinked and one of the most complex and impactful challenges for any organisation. This combination negatively or positively defines how an organisation acts (often unconsciously), determines individual and collective behavior, and impacts strategy and implementation.

Understanding your organisational culture and either reinforcing it or changing it to a more desirable state is an ongoing challenge for HR, particularly if you want to be competitive in the labour market.

Companies aspiring to attract and retain the very best talent are conscious of creating a culture that is aligned to the stated values and a climate for achievement and growth create a strong employment brand and drive higher levels of employee engagement.

In the virtual, highly connected world, all parts of your organisation are accessible potential employees in their quest to identify if they want to work for your company. Recent research of 46,000 job seekers showed 48% of job seekers research your organisational values to identify if they want to work for you and 31% search for information about your culture.

We recommend that you undertake a stock take of your organisational culture (and where you want it to be) and identify the climate and levels of engagement. We can support you through all parts of this process.

Engagement strategy

The level of employee engagement directly impacts the success of your organisation.

  • 80% of employees dissatisfied with their direct manager are also disengaged (Carnegie)
  • 69% of employees say engagement is an issue where they work (Psychometrics)
  • 28% of Millenials believe their skills are being properly utilised (Deloitte)
  • 18% of managers display a talent for managing others (Gallup)
  • 13% of employees are engaged globally (Gallup)

There are a number of ways we can work to support you to lift employee engagement by:

  • Conducting climate or engagement surveys
  • Developing or supporting you to develop improvement plans from surveys you have already conducted
  • Supporting integrated talent solutions that address career planning, branding, communications, learning, leadership development and performance to enhance engagement levels

Organisational culture

"If you have been trying to make changes in how your organization works, you need to find out how the existing culture aids or hinders you." 
Professor Edgar Schein, MIT Sloan School of Management

Organisational culture is one of the biggest challenges confronting the HR function and more broadly, the leaders of the company. It has the capacity to drive the right results or steer the company in an unintended direction contrary to what is written in the strategic plan.

Understanding your organisational culture by defining it and assessing how it supports or impacts performance is critical for every company or Ministry.

We can support you in these efforts. Our services include:

  • Auditing your organisational culture
  • Cultural realignment planning
  • Defining or updating organisational values
  • Culture change initiatives

Lifting employee commitment

Climate and Culture

Globally, many companies understand the impact of employees that are partially or fully uncommitted to the organisation, including lower productivity, higher absenteeism, lower job satisfaction, and ultimately less discretionary effort. Companies know that strategic engagement planning is critical, but must be matched with practical initiatives to increase commitment and engagement:

  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Large-scale team building days
  • Clear career laddering
  • Access to coaches and mentors
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Self-organising work planning
  • Flexible and multi-modal work arrangements

We would be happy to discuss how we support you with exciting options for your employees.

  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the…

    Read article
  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

    Read article
  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

    Read article
  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

    Read article
  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

    Read article
  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

    Read article
  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is…

    Read article
  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

    Read article
  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the…

    Read article
  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

    Read article
  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

    Read article
  • Post

  • Focus Training Centre LLC &
    Focus Management Consultancy
  • Al Salmein Golden Tower, Suite 602
  • Electra Street, PO Box 322
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
*