We've been thinking a lot about company culture and how we can help teams build healthy, thriving spaces to produce their best work.
We spoke with organizational culture expert and Stanford professor Robert Sutton about it for our Culture Changers series over on the Stride blog, and now we want to hear from you!
We want to know, what does your workplace deem sacred? What's taboo?
What practices and behaviors are elevated and which behaviors or discouraged?
After some changeover of staff in the last year we have been working hard to create some new values and culture for long-term organizational health. We are a smaller company, about 16 employees so that factors into our goals.
Taboo: partisan political rants or picking on a specific politician, but occasionally we will talk about a social, environmental or economic issue. Anything that can be construed as sexual harassment, sexist or racist. Religion rarely comes up and is another "danger zone".
Sacred: showing up on time, being honest and transparent, treating each other as well or better than we do our clients. Documenting processes, procedures and decisions.
Elevated behavior: collaboration, self-study and continuous learning, volunteering on projects that aren't your responsibility but you want to help the team, being okay with saying "I don't know the answer, can someone help me?", flatter hierarchal structure for flexibility.
Passive-aggressiveness in any way, drama and manipulation, micro-managing, "one-person" islands, whining (share what is going on but quickly focus on paths to a solution).
I really like that this article comes at a time when we are pushing our company culture to the public eye. Company culture is not that difficult to get right when everyone knows their roles and you already have strong values and a good vision. It is important to understand that you are working with people and management is exactly that, you manage people & everyone is different.
Sacred (this is actually our vision and values)
We are now employing a casual culture at RRZ, staff really enjoy that work is a comfortable innovative environment where you can express yourself and really do things that matter.
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