Offices have traditionally provided useful starting points for understanding and analyzing organizational culture. But with more us working in virtual teams, and some us working without offices all together, how we connect with and strengthen our cultures is shifting.
Most leaders know that culture matters. But, did you know that the narrower the culture gap (the difference between current and preferred cultures) the more likely it is that high potential employees will stay?
According to recent research by The Catalyst Center for Career Pathways, the narrower the culture gap, the more satisfied high potentials are with their work and advancement, pay, managers, and organizational commitment to work-life quality and diversity. “A narrower culture gap and greater employee satisfaction combine to predict high potentials’ intention to stay,” according to Catalyst. The report continues, “Women and men high potentials agree on workplace culture: Both would prefer to work in cultures that are more constructive and less aggressive. Both agree that the biggest gap in their workplace cultures is that they are not constructive enough.”