A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - May 2015
Friday, 8th May 2015
A Sik Mind?
With Dr George Sik BSc (Hons), PhD, C.Psychol, C.Sci, AFBPsS
It looks like there was plenty of lively discussion at the BEER Winners’ Dinner, much of it about the interaction between individuals and an organisation’s culture and values. Engaging people as they become part of a company’s vision and strategy, bringing two different cultures together in the case of a merger or acquisition and making sure that everyone on every level is involved in being part of the bigger picture were all addressed and, coming from the psychometric point of view, it is always good to hear how useful the diagnostic aspects of our Culture and Engagement questionnaire have been in helping to make these things happen.
Another useful tool is the Culture Match output of The Quest Profiler (available in the Full and Premium Reports) which looks at which cultural factors particularly motivate an individual. After all, in the end, it will always be a group of individuals who define the culture of an organisation. I remember vividly talking to a representative of an asset management company about how proud they were of their nine-to-five culture. While nearby City institutions like investment banks had people working crazy hours, here everyone got out of the office on the dot of five. They said it was a great selling point for potential employees, whether new to the world of work but with commitments outside it (perhaps young families, hobbies in the evening or just a desire to meet up with fiends) or jaded by having worked long hours previously and willing to sacrifice a higher salary for less time spent in the office. As with all cultural factors, it may not be for everyone, but if that’s the kind of Work-Life Balance you seek, what a great way of drawing up a ‘psychological contract’ by matching what an employer can offer with what a potential employee might want, away from the extrinsic rewards generally discussed.
Employees always build up and perpetuate a culture, whether that is done consciously or unconsciously. The more we understand about both the culture and the individuals concerned, the more we can keep engagement levels high.