How to Build Trust and Unity Through a Strong Company Culture
When it comes to company culture, Zoom is off the charts.
Zoom is a California communications company that provides remote conferencing services for online video meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.
Zoom’s mission is to develop a people-centric cloud service that unifies meeting experiences while improving the quality of communications forever. Zoom is passionate about connecting not only customers but employees.
The company sports its own “happiness crew,” a team committed to maintaining company values through wacky celebrations, community involvement, and volunteering. Happiness crews coordinate team serving opportunities like Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and more, allowing employees to give back, to enjoy co-workers from other teams, and to make a difference for causes they care about.
Whether it’s arranging a “Bring Your Parent to Work Day” or decorating desks with rubber ducks, this passionate team culture has helped Zoom to grow and thrive.
Company Culture is Beyond “Perks”
Company culture is more than just great coffee or vacation incentives; it goes to the heart of how people treat one another and the values of the company itself.
Deliberately defining and communicating your culture makes it easier to determine who you’re looking for and why certain individuals are a fit for your team. It defines success for employees and encourages people to practice values that are important for your business. And deeper than just perks or parties, company culture unifies people and makes work more meaningful and enjoyable. As you design company culture today, you build trust, responsibility, and vulnerability for tomorrow.
5 Keys to An Enhanced Company Culture
What might an enhanced culture look like for your business? Here are a few keys.
1. Build from the Bottom
Start by defining your mission, vision, and values.
Create language or catchphrases that celebrate a “win,” so values come off the wall and into everyday life. When you center your culture around how you want people to be treated, company culture will fall into place.
2. Identify Cultural Ambassadors
Every company has team members who are passionate about company identity.
These people love the organization and serve as cheerleaders who breathe life into the workplace. Once you identify ambassadors, ask them what they like or dislike about the current atmosphere and what improvements they would suggest.
Ambassadors offer a buffer between the boss and the team and have immense power to sway opinion. Lean on them and be open to change!
3. “Mandate” Fun
A strong work culture requires that everyone gets together, whether it’s a mid-day splurge or an after-work activity.
Offer timed conversation prompts or get people competing to fuel momentum. Looking for ideas? From breakroom cooking competitions to a hilarious round of “Eat Poop, You Cat,” online hacks are endless.
4. Assign Culture Captains
Maybe you can’t afford a happiness crew, but every employee can assist you in connecting with changing personalities.
Involve employees by selecting rotating “Culture Captains” who are in charge of shaping ideas for the month. From Funky Friday costume days to a buffet of the month (with a merit-based giveaway item), getting people involved in planning means everyone will have more fun!
5. Encourage Anonymous Feedback
No one likes criticism, but if you don’t welcome feedback, culture “cancers” can grow.
Send a yearly survey to all employees so everyone can share how they’re feeling and provide anonymous feedback. Allowing an avenue for processing can prompt a wealth of new ideas. Sometimes your team has the solutions you need, and you don’t even know it!
Your Greatest Asset
In a world where great employees are like gold, treating your work atmosphere as an afterthought is a huge missed opportunity. Wise entrepreneurs will design company culture as intentionally as they design the products they sell.