Re: Culture at your company

Postby iab » June 4th, 2018, 7:16 am

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Lisasmith wrote:A strong culture, in which members agree upon and care intensely about organizational values, can improve business performance by motivating employees and coordinating their behavior towards a vision and specific performance goals that benefit the company.

Straight from the HR handbook.


Re: Culture at your company

Postby IDiot » June 4th, 2018, 9:17 am

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A ping-pong tables does not a culture make, it is the conversations and interactions that take place while it us being used paired with the belief that the company supports and values (and trusts) the individuals having them and the relationships they are building.

This of course isn't limited to Ping-pong, it can be the classic water-cooler (or more contemporary pour-over) gathering / chatting that helps build relationships, but also often leads to cross-pollination of projects, ideas, etc.

In a healthy office culture, these things happen a little more frequently / naturally. Like YO said, a lot of it is very top down, people will read their audience, if the boss doesn't participate, or worse seems to disapprove, it dies.
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Re: Culture at your company

Postby frdiby » June 5th, 2018, 4:28 pm

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I love the ideas so far. Here are a couple things I like about my workplace:

- there's always a few people cooking on griddles in the back during lunch. Sometimes our boss just brings in a ton of food and cooks for everybody just for fun. It's become a great place for a break, and good place to chat.

- there are bosses, but discussions hardly revolve around them. They are the final decision makers, but often they encourage us to make the best decision we see fit. I've worked with bosses that try to be the funnel for all communication, and decide everything for you, and it's night and day compared to what I have now. Creativity and good reasoning reign supreme here, and that's often not the most efficient way to work. Discussions and meetings can sometimes drag on, but in the end, everyone is satisfied.

- we like to ask each other's opinions, even across department lines. I've noticed it really helps me develop and become more well-rounded as a designer when I better understand perspectives from sales, executive, and manufacturing teams. I feel more fulfilled when I know I'm not only meeting my goals as a designer, but also the goals of the rest of the team.

Re: Culture at your company

Postby Generatewhatsnext » June 5th, 2018, 10:35 pm

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Generatewhatsnext wrote:I've never worked anywhere that didn't have a ping pong table, nor would I. :wink:

I'm curious - how often does the ping pong table get used? I haven't worked somewhere with one, though I did intern at a firm that had some video games in a break room of sorts that I never saw anyone use. And I remember visiting another local firm that had a ping pong table looking sad in their storage room. It seems like one of those things that in theory could help give employees a mental break or get the juices flowing for brainstorming, but but might end up rarely used if employees fear looking like they're just goofing off all day.

At the consultancy where I interned (94-95), the table was used daily ...At GM (95-96), it was a daily 11am-1pm thing - and they didn't just have a ping pong table, they had a massive room with 12 tables! At Black & Decker (96-2007), I had to acquire the table myself and start the freakin tourney myself, then it became an every day "at lunch" thing supplemented by 3pm-ish wake up games before the late afternoon jolt of creativity - luckily it became a multi-departmental past time. Now, we have a table that gets used more by my kids than by anyone else, but I partake regularly. Like others have said, though, it's more of a cultural barometer than anything else. As soon as a department head looks down on or eliminates that type of entertainment, the bad times are coming...or he/she is no longer worthy in my book. :P
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