June 11, 2012 / 12:55 PM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Don't kill your company's culture

BOSTON (Reuters) - Internal adjustments not done right can trip up any fast-moving company by poisoning what might be a distinctive or unique company culture, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http://www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Every company wants to grow. But growth often brings some hiccups, especially when it comes to organizational culture.

If you’re growing fast, here are two ways to keep your culture intact:

1. Spend a lot of time communicating. If people are unhappy, don’t try to squelch their anger. Instead, identify the loudmouths. Spend time listening to them, not interjecting your own thoughts. That way, you can learn more and solve their gripes.

2. Measure culture. It’s tough, but not impossible. Use internal surveys or interviews to get a baseline. Find out why people enjoy working at your company and what they value. Use this information to monitor what matters most to your employees.”

- Today’s management tip was adapted from “How Start-Ups Can Maintain Company Culture While Growing” by Karen Rubin.

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