Culture in the workforce can be the greatest asset for an organization or project, or it can very easily become its greatest nemesis. This all depends on the promoter’s ability to understand it and work with it, as opposed to, against it.
Culture can be the greatest roadblock to implementing change in any organisation, project or team; assimilated to gravity, where it is not truly experienced until you jump six feet into the air, only to find you are brought back to ground before you know what’s happened. It is one of the most taken for granted concepts within organisations and projects, and respecting it, learning and knowing it, can differentiate teams to achieve sustainable performance greater than that without intervention.
Reflecting on the concept of culture – defined using a combination of references that range from the collective programming of people and teams, to the software of the mind that drives everything – it has captured the imagination of researchers in the field of social psychology in the business environment for generations.
“The collective programming of the mind that distinguishes the members of one group of people from another…. national cultural differences reside mostly in values, while at the organisational level, cultural differences reside mostly in practices.”
“National cultures are formed from tradition, historical events in time, past and present economic conditions, coupled with demographic reference.”
“The greatest roadblock to implementing change in organisations today is culture”
Ingenium Training and Consulting specialize in the field of Cross Cultural Research
Understanding values, norms, behaviours and expectations, engaging in role-plays and team building in order to build sustainable, multi-cultural competence in sponsorship, leadership and supervision in the development of global resource and other projects for our clients. We also work with our clients primary contractors and service providers, from the initial investigation and study phase of the project, right through to successful implementation and operations.
Mixing and merging different cultures from different parts of the world to work in connective hierarchy brings with it a number of variables beyond the realm of the ‘day-to-day’ organization change or human resource training interventions. Ingenium promotes several programs to assess and measure cultures, coupled with programs for understanding and leading in the cross-cultural arena.
Specifically in the field of worker safety, using Hofstede’s constructs of cultural dimensions, Ingenium has developed an approach to generate a ‘Theoretical Risk Tolerance’ measurement for over 70 different counties worldwide. Ingenium utilizes the most significant dimensions of Power Distance and Individualism, representing the core DNA markers for safety performance:
- Power Distance measuring the respect for hierarchy within a group.
- Individualism measuring how individualistic versus collectivist a certain group is.
Ingenium utilize a wealth of cultural dimension data, rich in simplicity and understanding, in determining benchmarks for reference and comparison. Each of these points of reference help define behaviours and attitudes, engaging our program participants in an open and interactive way. We ensure a foundation and a framework on which to build our leadership and other training programs. We believe people walk away after participating in Ingenium programs, not remembering what they saw on the slides, but how they felt during and after the sessions.