Managerial Practices for Changing Workplace Culture

Maggie Sun
4 min readJun 19, 2024

In the dynamic landscape of modern business, the cultivation of a positive workplace culture is not just a nicety — it’s a necessity. As leaders navigate the complexities of evolving work environments, they need to adopt the following practices to steer their workplace culture towards a more engaging and productive future.

1. Focus on what you encourage:

Changing a company’s culture effectively starts by focusing on what behaviors and practices are encouraged or permitted within the organization. Bad practices can jeopardize the quality of your culture while good ones aligned with your core values can foster a healthy culture.

For example: Promotion decisions can significantly impact company culture. Allowing promotions based on favoritism or ease (e.g. promoting a less skilled but more agreeable employee over a more skilled yet abrasive one) rather than merit sends a negative message to all employees, undermining the value of performance and decreasing motivation and trust. To foster a healthy workplace culture, promotions should reflect your company’s core values and align with your company’s goals, whether it’s productivity, teamwork, or innovation (e.g. promoting individuals who excel at achieving objectives and collaborating with others to reinforce these values across the…

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Maggie Sun

MBA, certified agile coach and experienced strategy analyst, specializing in business agility, agile leadership, Beyond Budgeting, and general management.