Event Summary: Creating a Thriving Workplace Culture

Last Thursday the Chamber hosted our Creating a Thriving Workplace Culture event sponsored by SRP and ASU.

ASU lecturer Kostas Voutsas took attendees through an exercise in understanding the importance of knowing how to work with different personality types. After identifying their own types, attendees were then asked to think about how each personality group had a positive trait, and also a perceived negative stereotype others might have about working with that type.

Within the activity, some key takeaways were:

  1. 48% of who we are is because of our biology and 52% has to do with external factors that can shape a person based of their environment. When creating thriving workplaces it's important to consider how these factors impact how employees show up to work.
  2. When thinking of workplace productivity that doesn't necessarily mean revisiting your mission, but as you develop your mission it is very important have an action plan that gets revised to help you get there.
  3. Professor Voutsas shared an example of an online meme where a young boy wrote a letter to Santa Claus asking for an item through a website link. While it was a funny chuckle for the afternoon, attendees were given pause when asked to think about how that little boy will grow up to be an employee for someone one day, and that is the lens through which he views the world.
  4. One consideration in the conversation was how oftentimes businesses may spend a lot of time preparing a training plan for new employees that is executed by supervisors who know how to do their jobs very well. However, those supervisors don't always have the people skills to translate into an onboarding experience to match the various personality types a new hire could be.
  5. When an employee leaves it costs an employer about 1.5 times that employee's salary in time lost on projects, searching for a new hire, and then onboarding again. It's vital that employers adapt to strategies that foster communication between various workplace personality types.