Give Me A Reason...
The culture your employer creates may be the reason you stay at your job or the reason you quit. If you don’t know what I mean by culture, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, I want to describe that for you today.
But, first, hear me out -- you need to care about the culture of your company, and you need to fully believe in it.
But what is company culture? Let’s get a clear definition.
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What is Company Culture? Ask Jill and Bruce.
A company’s culture is the atmosphere it emits; it’s the vibe of your company. This vibe can be good or bad, and it’s the responsibility of the company leader to manage it. I’ll illustrate with two examples.
Let’s say we have two employees -- “Jill” and “Bruce.” Jill is in a good company culture. At Jill’s job, everyone is working for the same mission and believes in it. She and her team would say they’re happy, and it shows through their performance and loyalty. Things are going great!
Then there’s Bruce. Bruce is in a bad company culture, and it shows. He and his co-workers have an inflexible, negative boss. The break room is like a high-school cafeteria -- full of cliques and gossip. Bruce’s co-workers are mostly overworked and undertrained because his job has become a revolving door -- new employees come in, old ones go out. His job’s going from bad to worse each day.
What’s the connection between Jill and Bruce’s work environments? It’s how engaged their leaders are.
Right now, if you’d say your company is like Bruce’s, then your leader isn’t leading. Your CEO, Board of Directors, or department heads aren’t doing their job! Company culture rises and falls on a leader’s ability to lead and make crucial decisions.
But what are those crucial decisions a leader needs to make?
Crucial Decisions Your Leader Must Make
From the smallest choices to the messiest choices, your leaders are the example. Your leader leads when they decide to fire the office gossip who’s been there ten years too long. Your leader leads when they move the new hire in Accounting to another department because she’s not performing as she should.
The standards your bosses set dictate the culture of your company.
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Consider these questions:
What does your boss allow to happen in the office?
Does your boss allow gossip to divide your team?
Does your boss care if employees waste time or steal supplies? (Yes, taking supplies is stealing. I’m talking to you, mighty hoarder-of-paper-clips-for-your-home-office.)
All of these things affect the culture of your company, and it’s a leader’s responsibility to identify these issues and resolve them in a honest and professional way.
Hope For Your Company
The culture your company has CAN be good, but only if your leader leads. Remember: the standard your bosses set dictate the culture of your company. Your leader has to take ownership of their actions, their people, and their department. If they can’t do that, it WILL affect you, your team, and the culture of your company.