I know a lot of companies that are very proud of their culture. They talk about perks like “beer Fridays” and fun company events that get everyone together for fun and camaraderie. From the outside, these perks can seem like great ways to keep team members happy and make your company a fun place to work.
In many cases, this does have the desired effect. There are plenty of companies that use food, events and other structured perks to create a great company culture.
Too often, however, I see these things overshadow the perks that team members actually want and in some cases, they can actually damage your company culture.
Structured events and pressure to conform to cultural expectations can sometimes have an effect that is opposite of what is intended. Too often I see organizations take a “top down” cultural approach rather than a “grassroots” approach. I can’t really blame them. After all, how many times have we been told that we have to intentionally create company culture (hint: a lot)?Read More