What's Your Corporate Culture?
June 23, 2009
From Enron to Google, corporate culture says a lot about an organization's character, influencing how it's perceived by customers, employees and competitors. Corporate culture is an ambiguous term: Every company has one, but its elements change depending on the setting. A positive corporate culture may express itself through happy and secure employees in a friendly environment, while a negative one may be characterized by overworked employees or ill-defined team roles. Regardless of the specifics, culture can usually be found in a company's overall philosophy and how it reflects on workplace dynamics. On a day-to-day level, corporate culture dictates the dress code, hours worked, employee training, on-site perks, interactions among workers and management, the arrangement of the work space and the general impression of being in a hostile or welcoming environment. But the final impact of organizational culture is on more than just employee satisfaction; it can also be seen in the bottom-line. According to a study by McKinsey & Co.
- Become better places to work;
- Become well known among prospective employees;
- High level of ownership (e.g., referral rates and ideas for improving the business from existing employees);
- Simplified screening process, as employees tend to refer similar-minded acquaintances;
- Larger pool of prospective employees; and
- Effective hiring process with fewer mismatches.
- What would you tell a friend about your organization if he or she was about to start working here?
- What is the one thing you would most like to change about this organization?
- Who is a hero around here? Why?
- What is your favorite characteristic that is present in your company?
- What kinds of people fail in your organization?
- What is your favorite question to ask a candidate for a job in your company?
- Be committed for the long term;
- Take an interest in your employees;
- Have open communication between the company and employees;
- Create a team spirit; and
- Create a livable work environment that balances work and life.