Jul 10

Culture Building Advice for Leaders in 2021 – Continued (Series 6 of 8)

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Developing Your Organization’s Culture


Are you a leader looking for ways to motivate your team as they emerge from their home offices and return to their business offices? RCSN’s culture leader, Melanie Booher has five actionable tips for leaders to consider. This month let’s look at Tips 2 and 3. “Many hands make for light work” a phrase Melanie suggests organizations take to heart in 2021.

Employees are rarely a jack-of-all-trades. Often CEOs push for employees to take on more work to reduce labor costs, however spreading employees too thin will impair culture with a hit to morale…

Tip #2: Use Fractional Work


“Many hands make for light work” a phrase Melanie Booher, Senior Leadership Consultant at RCSN Leaders, suggests organizations take to heart in 2021.

Employees are rarely a jack-of-all-trades. Often CEOs push for employees to take on more work in order to reduce labor costs, however spreading employees too thin will impair culture with a hit to morale and productivity. Organizations with strong cultures find ways to utilize subject-matter-experts to supplement their project / work needs.

Experts are available to contract within any area, from HR to accounting or marketing. Coming out of COVID, there’s a huge push for fractional talent, and the best news: companies get expertise at a fraction of a salaried employee’s cost.

Got a project sitting on the edge of your desk that you just cannot seem to find the time to get done? Great – a fractional teammate can do that for you. Supplement your team with these experts, which will lighten the load for your team, provide subject-matter-expertise and drive organizational success.

Tip #3: Talk About the Hard Stuff


“Communication is a key culture component throughout an organization.” – Melanie Booher, Senior Leadership Consultant at RCSN Leaders

Leaders must operate with transparency with a healthy regard for confidentiality. When difficult topics arise – we also must recognize that silence is not the answer. Staying neutral on things like racial injustice, is not acceptable (especially for leaders).

Ask yourself, “Do I listen to others? Do I make people feel comfortable to talk with or be around me? Am I engaging with others who have different perspectives than me?”

Divisive topics (politics, religion, racial injustice, and more) trickle into our workplace whether we want them to or not. Strong leaders don’t ignore sensitive topics. They work to embrace others viewpoints and find growth opportunities in differences. They listen, they learn, and they think of positive and creative ways to address issues.

Series 6 of 8