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Cultural Shaping

Define social norms within your organization

Howatt HR has a suite of Cultural Shaping tools to help organizations better understand their social norms, support HR professionals in forming their strategy and develop employee and leader behaviours.

A work culture is defined by what employees and leadership accept as the social norms. The employee experience day-to-day can be perceived as a positive or negative. Many different subcultures may exist within organizations.

Culture shaping products focus on discovering the social norms, employees’ experience, to determine whether any psychosocial factors are having a negative impact on the employee experience. The objective is to assist leaders to determine what levers (i.e., programs, policies and behaviours) they can leverage to positively impact the employee experience. The goal is to reduce mental harm and to promote mental health.

Key Products


  • Mental Fitness Index (MFI) – An assessment tool designed to uncover the impact of psychosocial factors on the culture, psychosocial hazards that are putting employees at risk of mental harm, current programs’ and policies’ impact on employees’ productivity, and health and psychological safety in the workplace. Click here to see the MFI valuation study.
  • Mental Fitness Pulse Check (MFPC) – A pulse check to monitor employee perceptions on whether the organizational culture is draining or charging their mental health outlook on a daily basis.  This also assesses employees’ current level of motivation and actions taken to facilitate their mental fitness. 
  • Employee Experience Audit (EEA) – A qualitative approach that involves focus groups and interviews that enable leaders and employees to share their experience of working within the organization.
  • Employee Experience Scorecard (EES) – A tool designed to support HR professionals in making the business case for fostering a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
  • Employee Experience Pulse Check (EEPC)– A quick questionnaire that rapidly and regularly collecting and reporting on employees’ workplace experience.
  • Respectful Workplace Audits (RWA) – A mixed-method approach that involves qualitative and quantitative assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of an organization’s policies and procedures in facilitating a psychologically safe workplace. 

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