In the popular television show “The Office,” branch manager Michael Scott tries hard to develop a good company culture – maybe even too hard. He throws outlandish holiday get-togethers, hosts crazy casino parties in the office, and invites co-workers on a motivational cruise that is anything but that! His over-the-top antics squash the morale he is trying to build and push office culture even further away from being a productive, happy place to work. Building a good company culture doesn’t have to be difficult.
What is Company Culture?
A company’s culture is a key part of a business and affects many aspects of its organization. It includes hiring top talent, fostering professional development and job growth opportunities, recognizing employees for their contributions, and promoting positive work relationships. When a culture is not good, employees have a hard time engaging in their work, become less productive in their roles, and eventually leave for a better work environment.
How Companies Build Good Culture
Leaders can avoid this kind of unhealthy situation. In its 2018 Global Culture Report, O.C. Tanner, which develops employee recognition and reward solutions for companies all over the world, found that companies are moving toward “shaping more positive, meaningful experiences for employees every day.” To do this, O.C. Tanner suggests company leaders assess how they are doing in the following areas:
- Do you offer meaningful purpose for employees?
- Are there opportunities for growth?
- How are employees recognized for their contributions?
- Does your organization promote belonging and inclusion?
Working Together and Sharing Office Cats at The Barter Company
At The Barter Company, we promote a healthy work environment and positive company culture in both traditional and non-traditional ways. On the traditional side, we enjoy lunch as a team to build camaraderie, participate in fun trivia contests, and celebrate individual and team successes. We also barter with member organizations to provide on-the-spot perks such as restaurant or wellness gift certificates, sports lessons, and weekend getaways to reward employees who have reached their goals. Check out the services available from The Barter Company that can be offered to employees to help them feel appreciated for their work.
In addition, our team volunteers to support MUST Ministries, an Atlanta-based organization that works to restore lives one person and one community at a time. The Barter Company staff is also involved in the annual golf tournament that raises money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation-SE Region, and area animal rescue organizations. That’s how Bobo and Roscoe became a part of our office.
On the non-traditional side, our office is pet friendly. In fact, it’s more than that. It’s home to Bobo and Roscoe, two cats whom our team members take care of together. Bobo and Roscoe make sure they greet everyone who comes into the office and help visitors feel welcome. Everyone in the office takes turns caring for Bobo and Roscoe and taking them to the vet. This combined care and ownership helps build a sense of community and commitment among our team members and offers friendly faces with unconditional love throughout the day.
What Would Michael Scott Say?
Since “The Office” is now shown just in reruns, we’ll never know how Michael Scott might have fared in his culture-building attempts if he had followed better examples. Maybe if he had recognized employees or adopted an office cat, he might have been more successful.