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Taking the temperature of the micro-climates within your organisation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 2, 2016 8:31:01 PM

Most people I speak to think that measuring the work climate of a company is interesting.

But when I point out that work climate actually has a direct impact on profitability they tend to listen just a little more intently. The tool we use to measure organizational climate within organizations is called Climetrics. And despite what you might think it has absolutely nothing to do with the thermostat.

I like the metaphor of weather because it is a simple concept for most people to grasp.

Let’s say the weather across Europe is generally warm. However, France is different to Denmark, but they’re both in Europe. It’s the same within global organizations. The whole organization has a climate but that general climate is made up of the many micro-climates in each division and department.

Using organizational Climetrics, we measure how well an organization engages, learns, makes leadership decisions and improves at all levels. And from those measurements we can very accurately predict how successful they are going to be over the long term.

The part that hooks people is that it's all measurable. We don’t just take the climate of an organization - we measure the micro-climates within it. This allows us to see right down to the departmental level and examine the internal structure as individual pieces of the larger puzzle.

Through our analysis we can see deep into the organisational structure and can tell what is working and what isn’t. From our diagnostic we can then create a comprehensive custom program that addresses specific needs and problems - without disrupting areas where the “weather” is fine.

But there is another dimension that I haven’t mentioned. So far all our measurements are at the ground level. But if you’ve ever been in a plane, you’ll know that the view from the cabin is always sunny when you get high enough. This is where the hierarchy of an organization tends to view things from. And Climetrics is a way to show them that while everything might look great from above - there may be turbulence ahead.

If your organization's climate predicts your long term profitability then you need to find out what that climate says about your future. Storms or sun? It's up to you.

If you are interested in speaking with someone about how Climetrics could help your organization please call or email us today.

Topics: Climetrics, Customer Value Principles, Work Climate