HR is not exclusively responsible for culture

According to a recent article in Forbes, one myth about corporate culture is that it is exclusively HR’s responsibility.

While it is true that how we hire and reward people does influence culture, every single process in an organization also plays a role. How we go to market is a process that can influence the culture of the entire organization. How a supervisor expects subordinates to respond to her Saturday morning texts immediately will affect that micro-culture.

Culture is an outcome of how we do things. Every negative aspect of a culture can be linked to a process, formal or informal, reduced to a policy or not. Identify and change that process, and you’ll change the culture.

We all can do this. We all must do this. HR cannot do it alone.

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