Every organization aspires to grow, whether by increasing revenue or advancing its mission. But a period of high growth can often put strain on the organization’s culture, causing the very individuals who founded the company or fueled its growth to feel disenfranchised. Suddenly employees feel a shift toward “process” as the entrepreneurial climate of earlier days drifts away. They also see new employees joining who have no connection to or understanding of the company’s origin, and who, in their eyes, “dilute” the “established“ culture.
For other companies, cultural strain can arrive unexpectedly with the success of launching their first product, dividing the company in unexpected ways. Suddenly employees who “created” the product are no longer in the spotlight and those “launching“ the product are now the organizational “heroes.” Often companies are facing this internal discord at the very time when the organization should be operating flawlessly.
So, what can organizations do during high growth periods to ensure they have the cultural foundation to enable their growth? Here are 5 tips to consider:
Considering these these questions will help you and your organization establish the internal foundations to propel continued growth. Feel free to reach out to our partner Deb (Deb@pinwheelhr.com) for more information about how we can support your organization through high growth.