Organisational Culture Diagnostic Instrument

Measuring Safety Culture that predicts Safety Performance

When it comes to safety performance, culture matters.

Organisational research shows that the attributes that distinguish high-performing organisations from mid- to low-level performers are identifiable, measurable and actionable. Our validated Organisational Culture Diagnostic Instrument (OCDI) helps you gain an accurate picture of these critical characteristics and use the results to design an effective change strategy.

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OCDI - Features at a Glance

  • The OCDI comprises nine distinct factors of organisational culture culled from 25 years of research that predict performance across business functions, including safety.

  • OCDI quantitative data can be sorted to provide a diagnostic profile for individual parts of your organisation, including breakdown by job level or function, employment status/shift, and years worked in the organisation.

  • The OCDI is administered in conjunction with focus groups and interviews with organisational leaders, managers, and employees to gather qualitative data illustrating how your organisation’s culture influences the behaviour of individuals and workgroups.
  • Over 2,200 sites have administered the OCDI. Your individual organisation’s diagnostic results are measured against this global norms database to establish a percentile comparison.
  • OCDI scores allow you to identify appropriate targets for improvement by providing an impartial perspective on the cultural strengths and challenges facing safety performance improvement efforts.
  • Unlike other tools that simply survey perceptions, the OCDI highlights gaps in your culture that directly relate to safety outcomes

Moving culture in desired directions can be one of the most challenging tasks facing an organisation. Underlying values, norms, and attitudes often stymie improvement and bring cynicism to new approaches. But when organisations and leaders have a clear view of what they want their culture to be, an objective and data-centred view of their culture’s present state, and a comprehensive plan to bridge the gap, they then have the ingredients for developing a culture where “safety is who we are.” Our clients that have taken this journey see:

  • Engaged employees that proudly “own” safety for themselves and their co-workers
  • Decreasing injury rates and the elimination of exposures for long-term success
  • Improvements that extend beyond safety (e.g. reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, higher job satisfaction)
  • Energised leaders that adopt transformational leadership best practices in support of safety
  • Strengthened work relationships that thrive in a feedback-rich environment

Why is this important for your organisation?

Having a clear picture of the current condition of your culture and understanding how it influences performance is critical to reaching your desired state. DEKRA's capabilities help you identify, assess, and shape the dimensions of organisational culture predictive of safety outcomes. DEKRA's methodology and safety experts provide decades of practical experience in creating lasting cultural change by:

  • Accurately measuring the cultural factors predictive of safety performance
  • Enhancing cultural improvement efforts with safety leadership development
  • Prioritising cultural improvement opportunities to areas that need it the most
  • Awakening individual value for safety where "doing the right thing" is the reliable norm
  • Identifying quick-win "climate" improvement opportunities that when sustained shape culture
  • Instilling proactivity and leading indicator thinking to manage exposures
  • Applying benchmark comparisons to calibrate industry performance

Focus on transforming your organisation’s culture

Our transformational approach allows clients to evolve in terms of both their organisational culture and their operational environment. This enables them to reduce exposures and injuries, save lives, protect assets—and in the process, achieve higher performance.

The OCDI is a unique assessment tool that our experts employ with excellent results. It establishes a detailed picture of the organisation’s safety culture and provides an impartial perspective on the cultural strengths and challenges facing safety performance improvements. In addition to benchmarking the current culture, organisations typically re-administer the OCDI at intervals of 18-24 months to track progress over time. On average, clients see more than a 20-point percentage gain across the nine factors targeted in the assessment after working with us.

Measuring Safety Culture in Correlation with Safety Performance

When it comes to safety performance, culture matters. Organizational research shows that the attributes that distinguish high-performing organizations from mid- to low-level performers are identifiable, measurable and actionable. Our validated Organizational Culture Diagnostic Instrument (OCDI) helps you gain an accurate picture of these critical characteristics and use the results to design an effective change strategy.

OCDI – Features at a Glance

  • The OCDI comprises nine distinct factors of organizational culture culled from 25 years of research that predict performance across business functions, including safety.
  • OCDI data can be sorted to provide a diagnostic profile for individual parts of your organization, including breakdown by job level or family, employment status/shift, and years worked in the organization.
  • The OCDI is administered in conjunction with focus groups and interviews with organizational leaders, managers, and employees to gather examples illustrating how your organization’s culture influences the behavior of individuals and workgroups.
  • Over 2,200 sites have administered the OCDI. Your individual organization’s diagnostic results are measured against this norms database to establish a percentile comparison.
  • OCDI scores allow you to identify appropriate targets for improvement by providing an impartial perspective on the cultural strengths and challenges facing safety performance improvement efforts.
  • Unlike other tools that simply survey perceptions, the OCDI highlights gaps in your culture that directly relate to safety outcomes.

Our safety cultural assessment tool determines nine distinct factors of organizational culture – DEKRA

Focus on transforming your organization’s culture

Our transformational approach allows clients to evolve in terms of both their organizational culture and their operational environment. This enables them to reduce exposures and injuries, save lives, protect assets—and in the process, achieve higher performance.

The OCDI is a unique assessment tool that our experts employ with excellent results. It establishes a detailed picture of the organization’s safety culture and provides an impartial perspective on the cultural strengths and challenges facing safety performance improvements. In addition to benchmarking the current culture, organizations typically re-administer the OCDI at intervals of 18-24 months to track progress over time. On average, clients see more than a 20 point percentage gain across the nine factors targeted in the assessment after working with us.

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