Flex culture no benefit if you only pay lip service

Is your company’s culture flexible, open, adaptable, entrepreneurial? Or are the words that spring to mind “hierarchical,” “process-oriented” and “traditional?”
By Lauren Bates
|CHRR, Guide to Pensions & Benefits|Last Updated: 03/15/2001

One of the most important benefits employees are seeking is a flexible work culture. Unfortunately the good intentions of many employers fall short of the reality of the workplace.

Every organization has a culture, a set of shared values, assumptions and beliefs, a way of thinking about and tackling the problems and opportunities that it faces. Sometimes, that culture is a tremendous asset in driving the organization towards success. Sometimes, culture is what turns an organization that looks great on paper into a confirmed underachiever.

Organizational culture is not a “one size fits all” type of issue. A healthy corporate culture is one that is consistent with the organization’s vision, mission, and values. The optimum culture for an organization will be determined by its size, the stage it has reached in its life cycle, its market, and the type of product or service it offers, among other factors.