What is Company Culture?

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What is Company Culture?

When you hear people discussing company culture a vague look often comes across their face. People have some ideas about what it is, but there’s no definitive explanation or measurement of what exactly it means or does.

Before you can begin evolving or creating culture, you have to understand what it is, what it does and why it will be one of the most important assets your business holds. 

To simplify company culture, it is how things get done without people having to think about it. It encompasses not just one ‘thing’, but every area of your business. From the workspace, pay and benefits, leadership, communication, job roles, and recognition.

Company culture is how you do things in your business that encompasses your organisation's values and purpose.

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Company culture is essentially made from nine elements that separate your company from others, and gives your business its character, and your employees an understanding of how things are done, but most importantly, why they are done that way.

To work on your company culture means to work on far more than making the ‘work perks’ competitive. It is a disciplined strategy to work on each of these elements with a vision and direction in mind. The big ‘why’ has to always come into it, why are we doing things this way?

If this is starting to sound like a lot of work, the truth is, it can be a lot of work. But the benefits of improving your company culture far outweigh the consequences of ignoring it.

Download my latest Ebook ‘How to Build a Company Culture Your Really Want’ and follow the tasks to help you on your culture journey.

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    About The Author

    Lizzie Benton is a people and culture specialist who supports organisations in developing a unique company culture and building engaged teams. Lizzie has been recognised as a millennial changing the world of work, and has been featured in the Metro, HuffingtonPost and has spoken across the UK on employee engagement. When not consulting or running a workshop, Lizzie can be found in rural Lincolnshire enjoying afternoon tea and fresh air.