How to improve company culture in the extractive industry
A lot of advice on how to improve safety within businesses suggests that changes to company culture need to be made in order for this to happen, but they don’t provide the details on how to actually do this. This is easy to say but not so easy to implement, and it is necessary to refer to experts and research to develop the structure and plan to make this process successful. The following model devised by Johnson and Scholes is the Cultural Web Model and it is very useful in devising a plan for tackling the business culture and developing change.
These six elements have been called the Paradigm, that is the model or pattern of the work environment. The model involves looking at the organisational culture now, how you would like the culture to be, and finally identifying the gaps between the two and working on these to implement the changes.
STEP 1 – Analyse the current culture in your extractive business
In order to analyse the current culture, the following questions need to be asked across the whole organisation, including customers and stakeholders.
Myths and stories
Examples (Mobile Crushing business):
Rituals and Routines
STEP 2 – Analyse the ideal culture!
Once this data is collected and the current cultural web is completed and recorded, it is necessary to put together another cultural web reflecting what the company would like the culture to be.
STEP 3 – Identify the differences between the companies two cultural webs
When identifying the gaps or differences between the two cultural webs, it is important to consider the company’s strategic aims and objectives.
The following questions should be asked:
Put these together in table in the attached Template to create the framework!
Check out Part 3 of this blog for more tips on how to change the safety culture.