An Adaptive Culture
An Adaptive Work Culture is one that enables the business or service adapt quickly and effectively to internal and external pressures for change. Change is an essential ingredient for survival and prosperity. Adapting to change relies on the workforce being able to adapt without any diminution in their performance. Change is often cited as the biggest threat to the workforce, yet it’s vital.
If change is badly managed, or the corporate culture doesn’t embed change as a normal activity, organisations can suffer badly.
In recent years there have been some high profile company collapses as a consequence of inadequate responsiveness to changes in the market. Thousands of people have lost their jobs as a consequence.
The WellBeing and Performance Agenda places Adaptive Culture as a key element of psychological wellbeing of the workforce. If the corporate culture consistently supports a positive psychological environment then the workforce will be more resilient against stress. This means that the workforce will respond effectively to change without losing productivity. If the culture ‘sees’ change as a threat, the workforce will pick this up and become fearful of change, making change a more complicated process to manage effectively.