Embracing Workplace Culture in 2018

Shelley SmithBlog, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Predictive Index

For the past two years, the words workplace culture and company culture have shown up over and over again. As we continue the conversations around Employee Engagement, Recruitment, Retention, and War on Talent companies are realizing the awakening is here…we are talking about a company’s culture, period! It begins and ends there. The strengths of a company’s culture thrust them forward and the weaknesses – leaks in their environments can and will devastate them. So, it’s no surprise that the 2018 top of mind lists all include culture or data to drive results around culture improvements and change.

If your leadership team isn’t talking culture, then they are truly going to be left behind to your competition. If you are talking and not taking action…well, no action equals no results.

None of this surprised me and probably doesn’t surprise you either.  When searching Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review and others alike, I found the following topics as the top trends, top of mind, or priorities for eight top positions organizationally in 2018.

Top Priorities for the C-Suite in 2018

  • Clear vision
  • Defining culture, adapt, change
  • Not about self but team
  • Embrace other leadership styles
  • Better Listening
  • Team motivation
  • Automation (AI)
  • Team
  • Design thinking
  • Defining culture
  • Capitalize on culture
  • Automation (AI)
  • Corporate wellness
  • Recruiting voice
  • Culture resilience
  • Culture change
  • Culture focused
  • Disruption
  • Surviving disruption
  • Culture of data
  • Performance & Margins
  • Investments


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  • Growth
  • Process Automation
  • Data collection
  • Other technology changes
  • Customer experience
  • Finding advocates
  • ROI Measures
  • Customer perception
  • Culture brand perception
  • Automation (A)
  • Cyber protection
  • Transparency
  • Returns
  • Culture impact

So, the predictions are in, how are you and your organization stacking up?


My name is Shelley Smith, your culture curator. A company’s culture can make or break the long-term success and overall profitability. Your employees must be aligned with your mission, vision, and values. Their behavioral needs must be congruent with the needs of your culture and motivated to those needs daily. If you would like to know more about this process of inquiry please contact me directly at Shelley@PremierRapport.com or visit me on my websites to learn more www.ShelleyDSmith.com and www.PremierRapport.com. Calling all Culture Curators to join the conversation, for more information about membership, join me.