It is important to be able to define your company culture; it’s the one thing that makes your organization unique from others. Company culture is both how other organizations perceive and interact with your business, and how your own employees interact with each other. When you have an outstanding culture, you’re more likely to recruit other talented and fun individuals for your exciting work environment.
About a year and a half ago, I started looking for jobs in the “real world.” With each website that I perused, and every interview I entered, I made sure to have this one crucial question answered: “What is the company’s culture like?” It was very important to me that I would feel comfortable and fit in at my new environment and really enjoy coming to work.
I’ve loved and appreciated the culture of RICS since the day I started. All of the employees are hard-working individuals, but also know how to have fun and enjoy themselves. We’re encouraged to take breaks and have Nerf blasters, a ping pong table, and plenty of snacks for when we hit road blocks.
We’ve also had some fun events that provide a nice change of pace from the regular work day. The entire RICS team took a half day this past fall for a scavenger hunt around downtown Indianapolis (some of us even made it onto the field of Lucas Oil Stadium!); we have an annual chili cook-off; we recently had a “Chips, Dips, and Sips” party where people brought in different dips to share, and we also celebrated Pi Day. We even have a few people who brew their own beer and are nice enough to share with the team every once in a while!
Here are some ideas to take your company’s culture to the next level:
• Recognize employees’ birthdays. It doesn’t have to be huge – but it makes people feel special.
• Provide meals for your employees. This will naturally bring your employees together and enable them to get to know each other better.
• Do team building activities. Team building should be fun and is important and beneficial to everyone.
• Celebrate random holidays. National Pizza Day, anyone?
• Allow and encourage your employees to volunteer. Both your employees and the community will appreciate it.
• Have competitions. People love to show off their skills… give them an opportunity to do so!
• Bring interesting speakers or webinars to the office. Because everyone can benefit from professional development.
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