Practicing Positive Organizational Culture in TANF Offices

Publication Date: April 3, 2020
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Introduction

This infographic distills key findings from a literature review conducted as part of the Understanding Poverty: TANF Office Culture study sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The full literature review identifies key factors associated with a positive organizational culture as well as accompanying strategies TANF offices may employ to promote positive organizational culture.

Key Findings and Highlights

The literature review identified factors associated with a positive organizational culture and the potential implications for service delivery and staff and client experiences. This infographic summarizes those facets of an agency’s organizational culture that can facilitate positive experiences:

  1. Set clear and consistent program goals: Clearly stating and frequently reiterating the agency’s overall mission; ensuring performance goals align with that mission.
  2. Encourage innovation: Piloting new service delivery approaches and providing staff opportunities for dialogue and constructive performance feedback when implementing new processes.
  3. Prioritize staff development and empowerment: Using training to reinforce technical expertise and staff understanding of agency goals and giving frontline staff autonomy to exercise discretion to better serve clients.
  4. Create a client-centered focus: Creating welcoming office environments that promote transparency about processes and set client expectations while simplifying processes and workflows.

Citation

Glosser, Asaph, Angela Gaffney, Riley Webster, and Mary Farrell. (2020). Practicing Positive Organizational Culture in TANF Offices: Lessons from the Literature (Infographic). OPRE Report 2020-17. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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