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Culture is Complicated

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Remember a few years ago when everyone was oohing and aahing over their company culture? And then it became silence. What once was brag worthy, became the secret swept under the rug for many.

Companies tried to copy others, they tossed fancy imagery and bold statements on marketing materials, they tried to bring in the free food, ping pong tables, cool swag and it was believed that anything and everything led to having a great company culture.

Wrong. It doesn’t. They are perks, and they’re cool, but they don’t make the actual company culture. Your people do.

Then came the post-pandemic era where companies tried so hard to re-introduce those things only to be shocked that their environments were no longer the same. People weren’t looking for these fun things, they were looking for meaning. People didn’t want a toxic culture; they wanted a place they are proud to be a part of every day and a place they feel valued and where they feel like they are contributing.

Don’t misunderstand us. We love when companies are public about the culture they have created together. Where the values they talk about is what they hold each other accountable to. So, the donuts and fun events are the cherry on top.

What bothers us? The gap between a company's mission, vision and values versus how team members treat each other and show up.

Culture is complicated.

Culture is an accumulation of individual actions and behaviours. How Joe shows up and chooses to communicate with the team affects the culture. How Susie shows up and chooses to motivate and engage her team, affects the culture. How we all choose to show up, affects the culture. Culture is a choice. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen by waving a wand. It’s hard work. It requires grit and determination. It requires everyone (not just management) to roll up their sleeves and put in the effort and energy.

Let’s face it. At the end of the day, we want to feel joy in what we do and who we do it with. We don’t want to count the days until retirement, we want to embrace the opportunity with where we are today. If this is what we want, then it requires a health company culture and it starts with action.


A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. How would you describe your workplace culture today and how would you describe your future workplace culture?

  2. How can you better support your company values in how you show up every day?

  3. As a leadership team, how can we communicate better to support the desired culture we want?

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