Organizational Culture Evaluations
ORAU's Center for Safety Studies is a trusted, independent source for safety, security and organizational culture evaluations
Does your organizational culture promote excellent performance?
Do your leaders send the message that safety and security are absolutes that will not be compromised?
If you are not completely confident in your answers to these questions, you may decide that an evaluation of your organizational culture would be beneficial. ORAU’s Center for Safety Studies can help. Our team of subject matter experts has extensive experience in culture evaluations for the nuclear, chemical and other high-hazard industries.
ORAU’s interdisciplinary team of former executives, industrial/organizational psychologists, communication professionals, health scientists, engineers, biostatisticians and data scientists provide independent analysis of your situation to help you make management decisions based on facts. Feedback from your employees through interviews, focus groups, surveys, and observations help you uncover and solve employee relations issues and concerns that impact organizational performance. When organizational culture issues are identified and addressed, your workforce is more engaged, more productive and provides greater responsiveness to your customers.
What we offer
- Safety culture evaluations
- Nuclear safety culture evaluations
- Security culture evaluations
- Customized employee surveys
- Independent assessments and analysis
- Employee engagement/satisfaction surveys
Industries we serve
(including North American Industry Classification System Code)
- Utilities (221)
- Construction of Buildings (236)
- Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (237)
- Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (324)
- Chemical Manufacturing (325)
- Primary Metals Manufacturing (331)
- Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (332)
- Pipeline Transportation (486)
- Telecommunications (517)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (541)
- Waste Management and Remediation Services (562)
- Hospitals (622)
- Space Research and Technology (927)
- National Security and International Affairs (928)
How’s your culture?
Wondering why your organization is not performing as expected?
Your employees know the answer.
Employees need five basic conditions met to thrive in an organization
Our research shows that when employees are unhappy and disengaged, it is the result of one or more of five basic conditions not being met. These include employees’ desire to make a difference, be respected, have a sense of stability, be treated with fairness and be recognized as an individual. When these five conditions are fulfilled, their perceptions and attitudes are more positive, and their performance is more likely to meet or exceed expectations. © 2016 Darren H.F. Smith, Ph.D.
I want to be part of the solution. Nobody wakes up with the thought, “Today, I just want to be average.” Help me succeed.
The workforce is saying to management: if I understand the bigger picture and see how I fit in, I will be more engaged and contribute more to the team. If you keep me in the dark, I will do my job, but nothing more.
Make me a part of the conversation. Inform me of changes before they are implemented and ask for my input. I may have ideas to make things better.
The workforce is saying to management: at least ask us what we think. Don’t make big changes that affect us without getting some input from us. And, if you say you want us to ask questions you have to mean it. Don’t get angry and defensive when we question something. We really are just trying to make things better.
Help create an environment where I know what to expect even when we’re continually surrounded by change.
The workforce is saying to management: We all know and expect change to occur but it is difficult for some of us. Just keep us informed and tell us the truth. Don’t say one thing when you mean something else.
In order for me to have a sense of fairness, explain to me the reasons behind the decisions.
The workforce is saying to management: If you explain to me the reasons why decisions are made the way they are, I can accept that. I may not agree with the decision but at least I understand why you did what you did.
Work to see me as an individual. Get to know my unique talents that make me who I am. Acknowledge my contributions.
The workforce is saying to management: I don’t know you. You don’t know me. I never see you except when something bad happens. How could you possibly know what contribution I am making to the organization.
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The relationship between perception and performance
A basic question that is sometimes asked is, “why do we even care about perceptions of the workforce?” We care about the perceptions of the workforce because ultimately they impact individual performance and that impacts organizational performance.
Guides for developing safety culture evaluations
ORAU is a safety leader among government contractors
ORAU has been recognized for more than a decade as a DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site for Safety, through our management of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site for the National Nuclear Security Administration. We have received DOE’s VPP Star of Excellence Award each year since 2005. With this tradition of safety excellence, we have helped ORISE become one of only nine DOE sites across the nation to be named a Legacy of Stars site. Learn more about the culture of Safety at ORAU.