What is Company Culture and Why Does it Matter?

March 11, 2020


“Company culture” gets tossed around a lot, but nobody seems to know what it means. What people seem to agree on is that company culture is the attitudes, behaviors, and expectations that exist in a workplace environment. Company culture is vitally important. Good culture can bring you success—toxic culture can cost time, money and employees.

Elements of Toxic Company Culture:

  • Cutthroat Competition: When employees sabotage each other in order to succeed it creates a toxic environment. Your company should not be working against its own success.
  • Micromanaging: Micromanaging is frustrating, demoralizing and disrespectful to your employee’s intelligence. You hired your employees to do a job. Let them do it.
  • Overwork: Some companies require employees to work 60 hours a week and be available to answer calls and emails all day every day. This is unrealistic and unhealthy. Employees are people with lives to live, and if they can’t take time for themselves, they will burn out.

Elements of Good Company Culture:

  • Friendly relationships between coworkers: You spend 8 hours a day with your coworkers. It’s much easier if you like each other. Allow your employees to socialize a little and talk about their families, favorite bands and weekend plans.
  • Communicate: Communicate with your employees about news, changes in policy and expectations.
  • Be Respectful: Respect your employees and encourage others to do the same. This means being polite, respecting boundaries and taking complaints about bullying and harassment very seriously.
  • Celebrate your employees: A lot of workers feel underappreciated. Let them know you recognize and value their work.