I recently sat on a panel discussing company culture. One of the attendees asked what was the responsibility of the team and what was the responsibility of leadership. I laughed to myself knowing that this touched a little too close to home as I had just the day before had a new employee orientation meeting. During these quarterly orientations, I spend most of the time sharing the vision and strategy with the new teammates.
I also make sure to set clear expectations with them about what makes our culture tick. This includes defining what leadership’s responsibility is in making PERQ a great place to work as well the employee base. Leadership’s responsibility comes down to these 3 things:
- Compelling vision.
- Clear goals for every individual tied to the vision.
- Dedication to hiring smart, driven, like-minded people.
“If you’re hiring like-minded individuals who are all pointed toward the same goal, they will usually create ‘fun’ along the way.”
What is clearly missing is the word ‘fun’. In fact, I let them know that I have never laid in bed worrying about solving this problem. Fun means something different for most people. However, if you’re hiring like-minded individuals who are all pointed toward the same goal, they will usually create ‘fun’ along the way……assuming they are given the proper tools.
At PERQ, we have a group of non-managers leading a team aptly called, The Culture Club; whose responsibility is to create a fun, meaningful and engaging environment. They do this by kick-starting initiatives and events that bring, not only our employees together, but also our community.
PERQ’s culture club is provided with a budget for company gatherings and non-profit donations. As long as what they plan fits within our core values, then it is approved. I don’t think there’s ever been anything that’s ever been shot down.
“As long as what they plan fits within our core values, then it is approved. I don’t think there’s ever been anything that’s ever been shot down.”
Scooter races around the building to blow off steam, a cool non-profit opportunity to donate our time, and meeting at a new local brewery, are a just a few examples of the ongoing things that the Culture Club makes happen.
It’s this team that keeps the pulse of the company going. Without them, our company would just be a bunch of boring ol’ managers who typically forget about making time for that ‘fun’ stuff.