Company Culture: News or Gossip

There’s company news: Meant to inform. Meant to be objective.

Then there’s company gossip: Unconstrained conversations filled with unchecked facts.

Beware. It’s easy to communicate with good intentions, yet fall victim to gossip.

Next time you communicate something significant, think first and ask yourself:

  • Do I know enough to inform effectively?

  • Do I have all the facts straight?

  • Is this something my team members need to be informed of?

  • How will I present the facts so they are clear?

  • Are there still holes or gaps in what I’m trying to communicate?

Company Culture: Core Values Are a Waste of Time

It’s great to see more companies developing core values with their teams. Core values define what your company and employees commonly believe in. They demonstrate how your company will make decisions, how you’ll hire, and how you’ll grow.

But many times, core values are hung on a wall only to be read and not acted upon. Core values do not work unless they are put into action.

In order for core values to function, they must have an action plan.

Here’s how to put your core values into action:

  • Share core values with candidates during the hire process

  • Implement your core values within your review process; keep people accountable for living up to these values

  • Call employees or team members out if their actions go against the company’s values

  • Choose customers / clients who also share your common values

  • Use them as a guide to make hard people decisions

Don’t write words and phrases like “integrity”, “work-life balance”, ”excellence” on a piece of paper and expect the company culture that you want. Act on them. Live them.