A Company’s Culture

by Kraig Ware, VP of Operations, TYGES International

I am sure you have heard the corporate buzz, it’s all about Company Culture. If you Google the phrase, you will come up with a plethora of information. I found over 293 Million self-help articles and other items to help you create, fix, and/or change your company’s culture. Wikipedia’s definition states:

Organizational Culture is the behavior of humans within an organization and the meaning that people attach to those behaviors.

Some of us might say, “Who cares about that kind of stuff?” I mean, come to work, do your job, and then go home…right?  If this is you, good luck in today’s business climate. Clocking In2Young or old, we all like to be a part of a team (family) to achieve a common goal within our businesses. This gives us a common purpose, as well as, the incredible feeling of accomplishment as a team. We spend well over a 1/3 of our life at work…you should like what you do, how you do it, where you do it at, and most importantly, why you are doing it.

So, what is the best company culture model to follow?

We all want the quick fix; yet, I am afraid that this issue is not that simple. Just look around you, our world is full of great folks with different backgrounds, values, motivations, and goals. There is no one-size fits all.

Regardless of your choice, every business has an existing culture. So ask yourself questions like:

  1. Do I currently like my company’s culture?
  2. Does everyone buy into our culture?
  3. What can be done to change or enhance our culture?
  4. Does our culture reflect “why” we are doing what we do?

Let’s look at it this way. This past winter we had a snow storm that hit us in the overnight hours. The following morning, I looked out the window upon the landscape and as if for the first time, everything looked different. The snow had covered the ground, outlined the tree branches, and icicles5icicles had formed on the overhangs. Overnight, my environment had changed. Continuing with this thought, what if I wanted the snow and icicles to go away? What would need to take place?

If the environment stays the same, so will the culture.

Unlike the snow and icicles, a company’s culture doesn’t form overnight, it takes much longer. The same is true for changing or enhancing a company’s culture. For the snow and icicles to go away, the environment must change (i.e. sun and temperatures above freezing). Not only does the environment have to change, these environmental changes must be prevalent for a long period of time. In this example, to melt the snow and ice.

To change or enhance your company’s culture the environment must change AND this change must be prevalent for a long period of time.

Perhaps you are where you want to be…you and your “entire” team are in perfect harmony, while crushing every goal on the horizon.

looking out3If so, keep a look out for the snow storms before you wake up and everything has changed. Perhaps, you are not where you want to be. Knowing this in itself, is a step in the right direction.

One tip I will give you comes from our Value Statements, “Do what is right, not what is easy.” Keep this outlook on your horizon, with it, great things will be accomplished.

I welcome your feedback and your stories of how your culture is impacting your team. I would enjoy connecting with you on LinkedIn and at Twitter you can find me at @SKraigWare, as we continue to pursue excellence in our business and in our lives.

You can learn more about  TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.  Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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