A Company Culture:
One of the most important aspects of any successful organization is to have a clearly defined company culture. An office culture can influence and be influenced by many things including the type of communication within an organization, the types of events you hold for your employees, and the standards you hold your employees, too.
What makes up a good company culture?
According to John Coleman of the Havard Business Review, there are six components that make up a great corporate culture:
A vision is a representation of your mission statement. What is it that you want to accomplish with your product or service? How will this product and service help your prospective customers?
Values are built on your vision. They are part of your belief system and will ultimately shape your company’s culture.
Practices reference more day-to-day operations and how your organization operates. These can include anything from how you treat your employees, to how you handle problems with customers.
What kind of people you hire can make or break your company. Your employees are on the frontlines constantly communicating with customers. The people you choose to work for you should be representative of the values set in stone from the mission statement.
A narrative is a story you are trying to tell to prospective and current customers. It is your selling point. This story often times aligns with a mission statement.
What purpose does your company serve? How will you stand out from other similar organizations? What is your value proposition to employees and customers?
So what then does an effective company culture look like?
As the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, Sheryl Sanberg once said:
“True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”
But, what does it mean to be truly authentic? How can you as an organization find that balance between authenticity vs. perfection?
Authenticity is defined as being genuine with a clearly defined purpose. This purpose stems from a company’s mission statement and filters down through your practices, people and, ultimately your narrative. Furthermore, the balance between authenticity and perfection lies in maintaining your values and beliefs without compromising what made you authentic in the first place.
A module we embrace here at TeamBonding is that of Facebook’s culture:
“We encourage people to be bold. Our open culture keeps everyone informed and allows people to move around and solve the problems they care about most. We work in small teams and move fast to develop new products, constantly iterating and improving. The phrase ‘this journey is 1% finished’ is posted on our walls, reminding us that we’ve only begun to fulfill our mission to make the world more open and connected.”
Within Facebook’s mission statement you can see all of the six components Coleman stated are essential in a great corporate culture. Their vision is clearly stated as they want to make the world a more open and connected. How will they practice this? Through involving their employees through immersive projects that matter to them. The employees are motivated by the phrase that is posted on their walls, “this journey is 1% finished”, meaning that there is always room for growth and innovation for new ideas.
In fact, Facebook lands #11 as the best place to work for in America on Forbes.
What does your company culture look like?
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively to improve teamwork. (more…)
Turnover Formula: Employee turnover is the percentage of workers who leave your organization, the employment relationship ends and they are replaced by someone new. Attrition is different. This generally refers to the end of the employment relationship due to retirement or job elimination or employee death. When attrition occurs, the position is not filled with a new employee.
Team building applies to any field, even a football field. Following my favorite sports teams is my number one hobby! It’s fascinating to see how the most intense sports teams perform; the way they communicate, work together and understand each other. As fans, we care about the win! However, we have no idea what effort goes on behind the scenes. I realize that to have such a fierce demeanor as a team, it takes some work, teamwork. For players to cooperate, commit, and triumph, they first establish a fundamental core with team building.
As summer time ticks away the stores have gone from seasonal sections of gardening and outdoor to school supplies. Aisles upon aisles filled with everything from erasers and rulers to back packs and water bottles. There is a palpable excitement amongst the youngest of school goers as the seasons change from summer to school.
Team building: It is a very common term that is often discussed in many organizations today as a means of trying to get employees to accomplish common goals. Although the term itself may have developed a more negative meaning over recent years, Forbes Magazine says, “Team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration.” In order for this to happen, you have to be innovative when coming up with team building activities. Try to think past the often used group picnic idea, and implement team building practices that will allow employees and coworkers to use their strengths to bring better, long-term value to your business as a whole.
In this series of articles, we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of what sort of people we are. In this installment, we talk with Matt, our Warehouse Manager, who makes all the magic happen by packing and shipping the materials needed for every event! We discuss what he does in his free time, favorite foods, and bucket list!
Giving back to our communities makes you feel good, assists in making you more socially aware and helps you bond with your colleagues as you team up to help those in need. Charity is beneficial for both humanity and business for many reasons. When you participate in Corporate Social Responsibility team building activities, you get the best of both worlds.
What happens when you find yourself, and your employees in a work rut? Don’t worry, it’s pretty common. That’s why TeamBonding is here! When you don’t have anything new, inspiring, or challenging happening in the workplace, you may find you and your employees in a work rut. Let’s talk about these 4 tips for getting out of a rut at work!
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