A guide to corporate culture

m_0The reality is everything about us says something. How we dress, how we stand, how we talk, how we play. As in life so in business.

What is corporate culture?

In its most basic sense, corporate culture (or office culture) alludes to how employees in a company interact with the world inside and outside the office walls. Superficial elements like dress codes and office setups are just the tip of the iceberg. The better part of corporate culture is reflected in the business values and mission of the company.

Why it matters?

Corporate culture plays a huge factor into how well a company runs and what sort of clients it attracts. A company will only attract employees whose value match that of the corporate culture and the same goes for clients.

Muzakkir Hossain in his article “A guide to corporate culture” for the Dhaka Tribune as some interesting insights, let me give you a summary of a few.

6 Components of a Positive Corporate Culture.

Vision

A vision (or lack thereof) can make or break a company. Often, a vision is represented by a mission statement or vision statement which gives the company and, in turn, its employees a purpose. If given enough significance, this vision will determine what employees work towards.

Values

Where a vision points in the direction a company should go, its values guides it towards that goal. A company’s values sets out guidelines for employees on how to interact with each other and clients.

Practices

This goes hand in hand with the previous part. No matter how long a list of values a company promises to abide by, they are useless until they come into practice and are reflected in employees’ practices.

People

This, again, links back to the previous point about practices. After all, who will be practising the company values? The employees. And what is better than trying to tirelessly drill your values into an employee? Hiring an employee who is a cultural match!

Your story

Every successful person seems to have a story. Right? Steve Jobs. Abraham Lincoln. Mahatma Gandhi. The truth is, everyone has a story but it is how you connect with your unique story with your core values that can help you succeed.

Place

Silicon Valley is known for its offices with open plans and green environment. While that might have a lot to do with cost saving and sustainability, the real reason behind that is to break down borders (literally) and encourage informal interaction between employees.