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Quality Culture Is Key to Success
Good business leaders are consistently evaluating the quality of their business and the goods or services they offer. Many times this involves looking at various statistics, customer reviews, and total sales figures. However, more and more top executive leaders are realizing that the quality of their company has to do with more than just numbers and reviews. It is about creating a dynamic quality culture within their organization. They are recognizing that a top quality culture in the workplace is key to their success. Culture is understood as a shared set of standards, attitudes and values that are established among the employees in the workplace.
Creating a Dynamic Quality Culture
Every company in the world develops a set of cultural standards in the workplace, whether top management recognizes it or not. If left undetected in the workplace, poor values and attitudes can filter through all levels of staff within the organization. This can adversely affect the quality of work, effectiveness of customer service, and turnover rates. However, if a high quality culture plan is implemented from the top leaders down, it can revolutionize your business and boost the overall quality of your company and the goods or services it provides.
Creating a dynamic quality culture in the workplace does take time, patience and commitment, but can dramatically change the workplace environment to boost productivity, reduce cost and increase profits. The first step is to determine the type of culture you want to develop, and to create a strategic plan to transform the company to achieve this cultural effect. You may need to examine the current state of the company and take an honest evaluation of where the problems exist. Keep in mind that quality culture is not just about setting up new policies, designing a new logo or staff training. It is about creating a new attitude within the workplace.
Management Must Train
It is crucial that this change starts with upper management and works its way down the company. They are the leaders and have the most influence in the company, and employees look to them to set the standards. If done correctly, top management has the ability to make employees see this as a positive change and give them the feeling that everyone is working together to make improvements to the workplace and the company. To develop high quality culture, management must be willing to offer adequate training, allow every employee to provide valuable input, be consistent, and not just talk about change, but demonstrate change.
While creating a strategic plan to improve the quality culture in your business is a great first step, the desired changes will not happen overnight. You must filter changes in slowly, and watch and listen to your employees to ensure you are seeing the change in attitude and values you want. Most importantly through this process, it is important that you are sure to communicate clearly with your staff, hold upper management accountable for implanting the changes, learn from mistakes, and listen closely to all level of employees. Once changes start to take place, you will see a direct link between improved quality culture and increased revenue.
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About the Author
On behalf of Creative Safety Supply based in Portland, OR, I strive to provide helpful information to create safer and more efficient industrial work environments. My knowledge base focuses primarily on practices such as 5S, Six Sigma, Kaizen, and the Lean mindset. I believe in being proactive and that for positive change to happen, we must be willing to be transparent and actively seek out areas in need of improvement.