Is your culture holding you back?

Our culture design work is different. We look for the culture patterns — and people patterns — that are getting in the way of success. Let us help you figure this out for your workplace.

We are culture experts. We will help you use the tools and resources you already have at your disposal to design and sustain an amazing culture on an ongoing basis.

 
Before engaging Human Workplaces to help us learn how to shape our culture in success-driving ways, I thought of our organizational culture as a product of our success. Now, I understand that our success is, in fact, a product of our culture.
— Steve Spadt, SVP Technology, American College of Physicians
 

Here are several ways we can help you.

 
 

Culture Design

For future-focused organizations managing change (yep, that’s you!) - our most popular engagement is a 6-month project that includes a culture assessment, the development of distinct culture priorities, and the creation of a “culture playbook” of action steps for intentionally designing your culture to be aligned with what drives your success. This is the perfect project when you’re ready to get serious about culture.

Culture Pattern Analysis

You know that culture matters—but you don’t know HOW it matters until you can see your culture patterns, and how they mess with your success. For example, are you trying to be more innovative as an organization but finding it difficult to get new ideas to fruition? Or, have you set up collaborative spaces in your office only to find them underused? Our Culture Pattern Analysis project is the easiest way to get a high-level view of your core culture patterns and the impact they are having on your people and your performance. In 2 short weeks we can collect and analyze just enough data to deliver a powerful report that illuminates your core patterns and provides recommendations on how to reduce any friction they are causing.

  • Culture and Engagement. Articulate key culture patterns and connect them to success drivers and employee engagement.

  • Culture and Office Design. Connect internal culture patterns to key decisions around office design and layout.

  • Merger Compatibility. Compare culture patterns between two organizations, pre- or post-merger.

People Dynamics

Our research and experience points to three critical areas in “people dynamics” that have the biggest impact, and we can help you with each one. Where our Culture Design work starts with the whole system, looking holistically from the outside in, our People Dynamics work allows you to start with one individual, team or department and build out the right culture from the inside out.

  • People patterns. We use the Predictive Index tool to help you align teams and individuals based on behavioral patterns, expectations, and job needs.

  • Senior Teams. Retreats or other facilitated sessions to identify and solve key dynamics or issues at the senior level and create better alignment with culture.

  • Conflict resolution. Get conflict resolution training/coaching for staff, or hire us for direct interventions.

Culture Operations

Build out your culture operations and infrastructure to ensure your culture alignment work is sustainable over the long term. We can help you with:

  • Internal culture management roles

  • Culture Metrics

  • Project management of culture change efforts

  • Culture communications (artifacts, culture codes)

  • Infusing culture in Talent/HR Processes, Policies, and Strategy

Digital Transformation / Culture Advisory 

Consider these three truths:

  1. All technology change has a culture component to it.

  2. All culture change has a technology component to it.

  3. Maddie Grant has devoted her entire career to the specific intersection of digital and culture.

So how cool would it be to get her advice and input on culture challenges in your digital transformation work? Get a one-on-one phone consultation with Maddie to explore these issues. Schedule a call now to try it out - first call is free.

 
 

Why work with us?

 
 
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1. We know our stuff.

We have decades of experience in culture transformation, as practitioners, researchers, and thought leaders. Our books—Humanize, When Millennials Take Over, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement—provide both theory and practical case studies that start to define the future of work. We built all that expertise in to both the Workplace Genome assessment and our consulting. Current projects are informing our next book right now.

Working with us gives you access to the cutting edge of the culture management field.

2. We're practical.

We are not in the business of tweaking client cultures to look or sound cool. We are in the business of designing cultures that work. Pool tables and beer fridges? Only if those help drive your success. Whatever Zappos is doing? No - unless you happen to be working at Zappos. You will do the work of clarifying what YOUR culture is and needs to be, but then we'll make sure that you actually deliver on those ideas, down to the level of changing individual behaviors inside your organization.

Working with us brings you tangible results.

3. We focus on you.

All of our services focus on building YOUR capacity—not making you reliant on us. We know our help is critical to you building a culture that is aligned with what drives your success, but we also know that if you can't eventually do this on your own, we haven't done our job.

Working with us will take your culture to the next level.