Does your company culture help your company achieve its strategic goals? Company culture is often treated as an afterthought. It is often forgotten that the culture affects the quality of a company’s performance, and provides the conditions for achieving your strategic goals. hpo culture design supports you and your company in realising a suitable company culture. The coming together of different cultures in reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions offers great potential to positively develop the company culture.
You will receive a strategy-based company culture, whereby a company’s systems, behaviour, communication and image support the attainment of strategic aims. Concrete measures are developed by staff in a managed process - top-down and bottom-up - then prioritised by management, summarised in the form of substantial directions of impact, and gathered together in an implementation plan. For the most part, this does not generate additional projects, rather results in a targeted adjustment of existing measures. The approach is based on debatable facts and leads to concrete measures.
You create the most significant conditions for the successful implementation of your strategy. Management and staff approach the strategy in a targeted manner, consciousness of strategic aims is strengthened, required changes to the cultural foundations are identified, and the strategy is embedded within the company culture.
In a combined top-down bottom-up approach, managers and representative teams of employees work to develop concrete measures in the areas of systems, processes, communication and image to make necessary changes to the company’s culture. These measures are based on the strategy and guidelines defined by management. They may be integrated into ongoing projects (e.g. process design) or implemented as independent projects.
Duration: 6 months
Kristian Scheider, Director of the Hôpital du Jura on the project: developing a strategy-based target company culture with hpo and over 100 members of staff
«The Hôpital du Jura wants to get better! To this end, concrete strategic targets were established. In order to achieve these goals, we needed two significant elements: staff and a company culture that supports the achievement of strategic goals! That’s why we wanted to find out how this kind of company culture would look, and how we could establish this systematically.
In hpo, we found the ideal partner to make this idea a reality. With a very systematic process, hpo carried out interviews and workshops with over 100 employees - doctors, hospitality, administration, care and cleaning staff. The result is impressive: staff understand strategic goals and their own responsibility in achieving these goals more clearly than ever. They have developed a consciousness for the company’s current culture, and where this culture is hindering the attainment of strategic goals. The future company culture was defined based on this. It was fundamental that staff defined concrete measures in order to bring about the cultural change that they want and that they see as necessary to achieve strategic goals.
Thanks to hpo’s easily communicable methods and integrative working method, staff were able to strongly implement these into processes. The discussion on company culture was not carried out at a theoretical level, rather was based on concrete manifestations that were understandable and accessible for everyone. And it is on this concrete level that the measures were implemented to move the company culture into the desired direction. The target company culture developed in the workshops was the result of interdisciplinary collaboration and active staff debate on the future of the Hôpital du Jura. The target company culture is understood and put into practice by all staff.»
Annual Sales: ~ 110 mCHF
Duration: 7 months
Fritz Gantert, Divisonal Head, Ascom Security Communications: With hpo initiate a sustainable and strategy-based cultural change
"Barely 3 years after the restructuring of the SeCom we still haven’t succeeded in implementing a shared culture in our ways of acting and thinking – the cultural differences of the former sites are still present. With the help of the structured and methodological approach of hpo and by using values and manifestations, we have made visible and understandable the cultural characteristics of SeCom.
In cooperation with our employees we defined the to-be culture necessary in order to reach the strategic goals – widely supported and well founded. Based on these facts and with the help of hpo we were able to deduce the fields of action including precise measures. Via the realisation of Quick Wins, the momentum of the culture workshops was preserved. The projects of different fields of action are well progressing. hpo did a good job, especially in providing us with important inputs on the structured approach. Once again it was very exciting working together with hpo!"
«Effective process organisation was developed in customer support, and a change in company culture was initiated» (Markus Hobi, Executive Vice President, Ferrum Conserventechnik)