State of workplace culture 2023: The rise of culture shirkers and rookies

New research shows many leaders are obstructing the progress of workplace culture. Nine experts offer candid insights to mobilise culture-crafting efforts.

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The latest research report from HRZone and Culture Pioneers uncovers how ‘business-critical’ workplace culture is perceived among employers.

From surveying over 500 business and people leaders across the UK, we’ve uncovered three compelling findings on the state of workplace culture in 2023.

Our data shows organisational culture is viewed as a route to solving interconnected business problems. Yet, worryingly, many leaders either shirk responsibility for culture change or admit to being rookies who don’t know how to take meaningful action.

To push us forward, this report offers candid analysis and tangible guidance from nine culture experts to help mobilise leaders into cultivating better workplace cultures.

Download the report for insights that will better equip you to build a thriving workplace culture.

This report was developed in association with partners of the Culture Pioneers movement: Culture Amp, The TCM Group, Pecan Partnership, scarlettabbott and XCD. 


  • Three latest findings on the state of workplace culture
  • Insights on how culture shirkers and rookies are obstructing progress
  • Nine expert views on how to push culture activities forward


We are on a mission to support and celebrate the heroes of workplace culture change. We have something for every culture crafter – from our #ExploreChange social campaign, to our guidance-driven content, to our awards programme and networking event.

By 2026 we aim to empower over 500 UK organisations to cultivate a healthier, more inclusive and thriving workplace culture.


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