Want the latest news and research?

Subscribe to Insync insights

5 hard truths for Australia’s leaders

 

The state of organisational culture has never been more front and centre. The banking and financial services Royal Commission, APRA’s review of CBA’s culture and subsequent cultural self-assessments by other institutions have thrown workplace culture and leaders’ ethics and behaviours into question.

We decided to find out whether cultural problems are isolated to the financial services sector, and if not, how deep and widespread these issues are. We also wanted to know how great Australians think the change needs to be. The response was loud and clear – things need to change soon and change for the long haul.

The 5 hard truths about workplace culture, uncovered by our research in conjunction with AHRI, are:

  1. Culture problems are pervasive – change is not only required in the financial services sector
  2. Culture problems are often immense – more than one-third of organisations need significant change
  3. Larger organisations have larger culture problems – the bigger the organisation, the bigger the problem
  4. CEOs have trouble seeing cultural issues – they see a lesser need for change than other employees
  5. Organisations need competent and professional HR partners to guide change

These findings are just the beginning. Our detailed survey uncovered a range of different opinions about the state of organisational culture in Australia, which we have distilled into five parts. These five ‘hard truths’ about workplace culture should not be viewed as separate findings. Each truth builds on the others, and together they represent a reality check for Australia.

Download the full report below.

Related resources

Read all Insights
Where the past and future meet, and decisions are made

We are always at the point where past and future meet and it is the only point where decisions are made…decisions that can have profound impacts.

Practical advice for boards to deliver effective oversight of non-financial risk

Whilst ASIC found that the boards seem keenly aware of and actively engaged in their oversight of ‘financial risks’ – revenue or cost management - they also found ...

Employees are calling for significant cultural change

Australians believe their organisations need to make significant cultural change - and it's not just the financial services sector talking but also employees across ...

Australia’s CEOs out of touch when it comes to cultural change

Even in the wake of the Hayne Royal Commission, Australia's C-Suite does not have a realistic view of company culture, according to new Insync research conducted ...