In 2010, one of the nation’s leading hospitality companies faced mounting external and internal challenges as it sought to grow and better serve guests amidst the recession.
Fast-track transformation efforts were underway and the company was seeing results although when it came time to roll out the next major wave of the business direction, leadership knew they had systemic cultural issues to address:
- Low trust in leadership. Employee engagement scores had fallen significantly on how leadership communicates changes and confidence in company direction.
- Perceptions that leadership wasn’t communicating the strategy effectively. The company’s track record for communicating strategy was poor and leaders and employees knew it; employees weren’t part of the process and it didn’t target the diverse employee audience.
- A limited internal communication system was in place. The company lacked an integrated internal communications department, had no focus on key messages, no listening across employee groups, and haphazard vehicles that didn’t factor the multi-cultural and non-wired workforce.
- Limited motivation for behavior change and poor employee perceptions of being listened to and recognized for contributions.
Knowing that 81 percent of culture change fails, senior leadership was determined to beat the odds.
The Grossman Group built a comprehensive communication program to drive culture change from the top, grow leaders’ communication capability, engage employees like never before, and create sustainable communication processes. We helped roll out the strategy and in doing so, established a disciplined, repeatable communication system for communicating business issues with employees over time.