Culture has become the defining issue that will distinguish the most successful businesses from the rest of the pack.
At the best companies, "company culture" is more than just a buzzword. Here's how the most innovative companies make company culture real.
For a comprehensive look at company culture, read our guide Company Culture for Startups.
Many of the startup companies we work with have built incredible cultures and teams. Cultures that are quirky, fun-loving, hardworking, energetic and adventurous. Teams that are tight-knit, creative, dedicated and happy. While there are a thousand words we could use to describe the characteristics of each company’s culture, we all know what a picture is worth.
Photographs can tell you more about a company’s culture and their team experience than any lengthy blog post we could ever write. So we decided to ask some of the innovative startups we work with:
Send us a photo that best represents your company culture, and tell us why.
We share their awesome responses below so you can get a glimpse of the inner lives of ten I Done This musers companies.
How iDoneThis aspires to build a product that fulfills a maker’s schedule while meeting the manager’s needs.
How do you give difficult feedback to a team leader?
A team-building scavenger hunt that worked.
Our glimpse into how PagerDuty uses us!
Photo: Jackson Carson
Happy Saturday all! Catch up with some of our favorites things we’ve shared during the week:
Whitney Hess writes on empathy versus apathy and organizational culture.
Get rid of stupid rules at work.
The importance of building a company culture.
Open yourself to life.
In bed or not, have a great Monday folks!
(the happy doodle by pi1ihp)
I’m sure we’ve all worked at companies where the loudest guy gets the biggest bonus. In most companies, compensation is determined by a cabal of execs—guys that you may never have met—evaluating work that happened up to a whole year ago. Bonus compensation ends up being a function of politics, not performance.
51% of employees feel that the performance reviews upon which bonus compensation is based are inaccurate according to a 2011 survey by Globoforce. A 2010 literature survey in Psychology Today concluded that 87% to 90% of employees hate performance reviews because the feedback is not useful, the whole process is stressful, and they’re left demotivated as a result.
Wise use of space means creating the right context for concentration, learning, communication, and collaboration—the building blocks of productivity.
Productivity is not just about you. It’s also about your environment.
The National Institute of Building Sciences takes a look at “productive building design.” Organizational effectiveness, or organizational productivity, is a fancy way of saying using space wisely. It makes sense to make a user-friendly work environment to cultivate an organization’s greatest resource and expense — the worker!