How To Build Your Corporate Culture

Posted on: 7/3/17 by Matthew W. Merriam, CPA

Frequently, business owners and employees will cite their corporate culture as the reason for the company’s success. This article explores six practical suggestions to help build or improve on your company's culture.

1. Create your identity. Who are you and what do you represent? This is your company and you are the driving force behind it, so the culture should be a reflection of your personality. For instance, if you project a “work hard, play hard” mentality, this will probably set the tone for the workforce. On the other hand, if you exhibit a low-key personality, your business may adopt a relaxed atmosphere.

2. Learn from both the good and the bad. It is likely that you have previously worked at other places, some of which were positive influences while others may have given off negative vibes. Draw lessons from these experiences to incorporate the positives into your own structure, while eliminating the negatives. Think about what cultivated or deterred success.

3. Find complementary workers. This does not mean you should hire only people who are exactly like you. In fact, hiring employees whose personalities differ from your own can give your company more balance. Identify your weaknesses and go from there. For example, if you are not good at working with numbers, your backup should be.

4. Keep the lines of communication open. As you begin to develop the corporate culture, engage in back-and-forth communication with your employees. Give people a platform to express their opinions. They may provide valuable insights that you can utilize or fine-tune according to your needs.

5. Have fun while you are working. If work is completely tedious, it will likely have a dampening effect on productivity. Of course, some businesses have more leeway than others, but there are various workplace activities that are not strictly work. For example, a company picnic with athletic contests or a group outing to a restaurant can be conducive to building employee morale.

6. Emphasize teamwork. Your corporate culture should improve if you make it clear that you all work as a team rather than as just a group of individuals. Employees are more likely to embrace your vision for the company if they feel they are part of a team. What’s more, if you hold events where spouses and significant others are included, loyalty will only grow.

Undoubtedly, a corporate culture will continue to evolve as workers come and go and while you adapt to changes. But building a solid foundation and being willing to make changes are essential to the process.

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