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TM Q2 2023 – Culture is Key

Springtime is all about growth. What kind of growth do you want to see for yourself in the 2nd quarter? What skills do you want to develop? Have you shared your aspirations with your manager? Your employee experience starts with you. Now is your time take initiative and open the conversation! 

Truvelop Tip: Invest in Yourself

Taking the time to explore your motivators and what you’re interested in learning about is a great way to invest in yourself, both personally and professionally. Go into your next development conversation with confidence by reflecting ahead of time: 

What skills and strengths do I already possess? Your innate talents and strengths are what make you a key part of the team. Check in with your manager to make sure you’re best leveraging the skills you already have.  

Are there any roles I’m interested in learning more about? Development doesn’t always have to follow a vertical path. You can grow diagonally and even horizontally as well. By identifying areas or roles that you’re curious about, you can open up a new pathway for growth and development and make yourself a stronger team member in the process.  

Where do I have the greatest potential for growth? You and your manager may see different skills as strengths or areas for growth. By opening this conversation, you’re aligning on next steps and developing an efficient path forward to further your positive impact.  

Your manager and organization are invested in you and your development. You have the power to be an active participant in your own development, so open the conversation today with a Spark or Request for Spark! 

Last month we talked about how investing in your development pays off, but what about investing in your organization’s culture? An organization’s culture is like the secret sauce of success. Each organization has a defined mission, vision, and values, but the people are what bring a culture to life. Without a positive culture, an organization may find themselves falling short on executing their purpose, and employees may feel disconnected from the organization.  

Truvelop Tip: Live the Culture 

As an employee, you are the true driver of your organization’s culture.  The way that you interact with your peers, your manager, and your work determines how the culture is brought to life. You get to decide what values resonate with you and what you believe they look like in action.  By buying-in to your organization’s culture, you can drive a more positive employee experience, while better aligning yourself to your team’s purpose and mission. Ready to get started? 

Define the ideal culture: Before you can bring the culture to life, you first need to identify the behaviors that exemplify the ideal culture. Does your organization have core values? What are they and what do they look like in action? 

Recognize the right behaviors: The best way to celebrate and drive your organization’s culture is by highlighting the behaviors when they happen. Try sending a Spark to the Recognition Wall that calls out a peer for living out a core value of the organization. How did their efforts positively impact the team and your experience? 

Align the culture to your aspirations: Culture starts with you! If you aren’t feeling connected to your organization’s culture, then chances are, you probably aren’t feeling engaged or connected to your team. Try connecting your organization’s culture to your own personal purpose and core values to generate greater buy-in and an improved employee experience. 

Culture can play a major factor in your overall employee experience as it’s the foundation for all interactions and expectations at an organization. A positive culture reinforces the “why” and can be the constant in a period of high stress. By leaning into the culture today, you are setting your team and yourself up for success in the future.  

Have you heard of the summer slump? During the summer months, organizations tend to see a slight downturn in productivity. Employees tend to get distracted and more laid-back, as everyone itches to take advantage of the warmer weather. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it’s subtle, there are ways to help prevent the summer slump from drastically affecting your performance.  

Truvelop Tip: Find Balance This Summer 

Employees who have strong feelings of relatedness and competence are going to be the most engaged. It’s a subtle balance of pushing for growth and taking the time to reflect and recover.  It is really difficult to go above and beyond all of the time, so it’s important to identify habits that will allow you to actively recover helping you come back to work refreshed and recharged.  

Recognize your peers: It is difficult to come to work feeling inspired if you feel like your work doesn’t matter. Take a moment to Spark a peer with praise to let them know you appreciate what they’re doing and the impact they’re having. By sharing recognition, you actively create a culture that supports and celebrates the day-to-day.  

Celebrate your connections: An organization’s culture and people are what make it a unique place to work. Take five minutes to reflect on what you are most grateful for at work. Is it your team? Is it the inclusive culture? Are you proud of your organization’s mission? Maybe you just appreciate having a flexible schedule? Gratitude has been shown to have extremely positive effects on overall wellbeing.  

Reflect on progress: It’s hard to believe we’re already approaching the mid-point of the year. Reflect on the progress you’ve made by visiting My Dashboard. Do you have any recent Evaluations or Sparks? By identifying what you’ve already achieved and what else you want to work towards, you can renew focus and motivation.  

Lastly, don’t forget that it’s summer! Be sure to get outside if you can and enjoy time with loved ones (use that PTO if you have it!). By spending time outside of work doing activities that make you feel fulfilled, you’re going to be able to come back to work relaxed and rejuvenated.  

Updated on October 30, 2023
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