Adding Fun to the Company Culture Isn’t my Priority…. It’s Yours!2 min read

Andy Medley Author
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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:

  1. Compelling vision.
  2. Clear goals for every individual tied to the vision.
  3. 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.

 

Look at all the donations from this year's Freewheelin’ Bike Donation Drive! Without the Culture Club, this wouldn't be possible!

Look at all the donations from this year’s Freewheelin’ Bike Donation Drive! Without the Culture Club, this wouldn’t be possible!

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.

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