I can’t help but notice the focus on business culture lately. People want to work in an environment that has a good culture, where they feel supported and have fun. After all, most of us spend more time at work during the week then we do with our friends and family.
Companies are rated and reviewed according to the perks they provide for their employees, the amount of vacation time they offer and of course, the free office snacks! But are these really the important factors of being happy in a company? Do you think that you’d love your company less if they didn’t have a ping pong table or a fun breakroom?
Of course, the aforementioned items are nice to have, but they might not be incentives for everyone. I believe there are other factors that support a positive work environment, which translates to a great business culture.
Great Business Culture: What’s Most Important?
When it comes to a great business culture, what are the most important factors? Here are a few things to consider.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook believes that “true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”
Authenticity will help to define your culture. You can’t be afraid of having the tough conversations and digging deep into the root of any problem.
By exposing an issue, you provide an opportunity to relieve the associated stress or anxiety. In turn, you will improve the business culture within your organization.
Another important factor is of course the people that surround you.
It goes without saying, but all of the delicious free snacks in the world, unlimited vacation time, or company happy hours won’t make your company’s environment great unless you hire great people!
Steward Butterfield, Founder of Slack shared the following:
“One of our values is that you should be looking out for each other. Everyone should try to make the lives of everyone else who works here a little bit simpler.”
At the end of the day, we all have the same bottom line – to be happy and successful in what we do. Contributing to your team’s success is just as important as your individual success.
If you celebrate successes across the company, the culture will improve. Humans typically like to support each other and rally beside one another’s successes.
Team building is crucial for this type of development. Once you have team members supporting each other and feeling like part of a family, you’ll start to notice the energy and positive culture across the organization.
How is the business culture within your organization? Is there room to improve in terms of authenticity, people, and support? I’d love to hear more about your company’s culture—share your thoughts in the comments below.