Workplace Culture: The what and why of it all…

Like it or not most of our lives are spent working so it is a benefit to you and your employees to be apart of a community or in some smaller businesses like ours, a family. The point is… a good amount of energy should be spent making your employees happy too, not just your clients!

Am I thinking about the right company culture?

Let’s get elementary here with a definition: Workplace Culture is the character and personality of your organization. It's what makes your organization unique and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes.Seems like an easy concept, but this truly can be a differentiator that can set you above your competitors. 

Use employee time wisely.

Company culture influences how your employees spend their work days. Are you the type of people who value meetings? What type of meetings? Face-to-face or conference calls? Details like this create a personality and establish expectations for your employees’ time commitments. The length of meetings is as important as what goes on in them. Shorter meetings tend to encourage productiveness. Your culture should feel like an efficient one.

Hire people who fit/complement your culture.

It is important to hire someone with the correct skill sets, however, it is just as important to find someone you and your team will get along and work well with. No matter the position you are filling, look at work ethic, personality, and their own values and see how they match up with yours and your businesses!

Being aware of the why.

You must know why your company does things the way it does, and you must be comfortable standing by your methodology. Specifically, a company culture must have purpose and direction. This allows it to change and adapt with your market and your goals. If your “why do we believe in this” doesn’t agree with your “this is what we believe” then you know you are asking the right questions and valuing your company culture. Better yet, you’re making good changes.

Employees are humans.

As Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin, says, there is a distinction between treating employees as human beings and not resources. Company culture is important to these people, because it reminds them they are valued by your company. It doesn’t matter how creative your culture is. Some of the more exceptional cultures include ball pits and nerf gun wars, but the point is a simple monthly company barbeque or tickets to see a show together builds an atmosphere and a culture of inclusion and positivity. It will be reflected in your employee and client satisfaction.