An organisation’s culture is a hugely important factor shaping people’s behaviour. Whilst it is a popular label and resonates strongly with people, it is hard to pin down and changing it can be a huge undertaking. By focusing on specific aspects of employee behaviour – known as ‘organisational climate’ – leaders and people professionals can more readily enact genuine change.

This report explores some of the most established and well-researched dimensions of organisational climate, along with practical tips for shaping climates to help meet organisational goals.

  • See the practice summary for the main insights and practical recommendations for action. 
  • See the scientific summary for our methodology and technical information on the research and study references.

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