After reading the title of this post, most people are probably thinking of all of the places they worked where they were unhappy, and disagreeing with me. Our instinct is to label what we don’t like as bad and what we do like as good. But there is a more nuanced framework for evaluating your company culture that will lead to better decisions for your future. We believe there are two important questions to ask when reflecting on your workplace culture.
Company culture surrounds us every day when we go to work. For that reason it can be hard to define precisely. We have a sense of its importance to the way we operate at work, but we can’t point to any one thing and say “this is our company culture.” If we can’t define it, how can we manage it and fully understand its importance?