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Levo Listens: 4 Ideas for Creating Company Culture

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When joining a new company, especially if it’s a large one, it can sometimes be tough to get involved and feel connected to your company culture. However, the best way to bond with those around you is by participating in extracurricular activities—just like freshman year of college.

Your workplace may already have some options in place for getting involved outside of your current job responsibilities, and if so, great! These can be an excellent way to meet people within your company and even build your resume. However, these types of activities may not exist in your office—yet. Taking the initiative to institute them with your employer can be a huge opportunity to really make an impact. Additionally, taking the reins to implement a new program at your office can be a great way to develop additional skills and pursue interests outside of your current job description.

Every office is different, so it’s important that you keep in mind your existing company culture when proposing a work extracurricular activity. In order to create buy-in from your employer to get approval for starting an activity, it’s crucial that you’re able to demonstrate how it will create value for the company as a whole. Here are a few ideas:

 

Brand ambassador program

Passionate about social media? Creating a brand ambassador program is a great way for you to utilize those strengths while helping increase your employer’s brand visibility. Writing posts for your company’s blog and being active in their social media efforts is a great way to gain great resume-boosting experience, and it’s a free way for your employer to increase exposure.

Volunteer chair

Multiple studies have show that employees who volunteer through their employer are much more likely to feel a sense of belonging at work than those who don’t. By serving as a liaison for your company to coordinate volunteer opportunities, you help create meaningful opportunities for your co-workers to give back, forge connections for your employer within your local community, along with gaining valuable leadership experience.

Book club

Taking the lead to organize a book club at your office can be a perfect way to keep your mind sharp while engaging in thoughtful discussion with your co-workers. Choosing books related to your industry is a great way to demonstrate your passion for your field and helps to promote continuing education in your office. However, if your employer is open to it, organizing a book club on non-work related books is a fun option as well.

Employee engagement committee

This is a huge area of focus right now for many companies as studies have shown that engaged employees lead to increased productivity, higher shareholder return, and higher net profit margins. Creating a taskforce that focuses on fostering engagement in meaningful ways for your organization can be a great way to help build a positive company culture.

Should you choose to take the initiative to spearhead introducing company culture, it’s important to remember that your actual work still needs to be your first priority. The goal is to show your employer that you can successfully stretch and handle multiple projects at once, so slacking on your current job duties will negate the positive impact that implementing one of these activities can have. However, successfully demonstrating that you can take on increased responsibilities while investing in making your company a better place can be a great way get ahead in your current job.

Ask Levo Mentor Shama Kabani, CEO & Founder, The Marketing Zen Group, why she thinks it’s important to focus on company culture. 

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7 Comments

I work for a small software development company and developing our company culture has been a huge project of mine this year. What a great article and a HUGE help!

2y

re: @ Clare:
Employee morale is a very important issue with me. One of the ways in which employee morale can be improved is by incorporating (if the budget allows) a team outing. Get out of the office for a while and implement a day where everyone can get out in a team building exercise. There are tons of activities you can do for team building purposes, and it doesn't have to cost you a penny either. You can go to your local park and plan an activity there. Of course, if it is in the budget then making it a bit more "advance" always helps as well. This is just one way to boost employee morale! If you need additional ideas please feel free to reach out!

2y

This is an awesome article. Company culture definitely is becoming more of a factor when people apply/search for jobs (as I think it should be!). I especially like the book club idea - it is perfect because it helps make an opportunity to socialize with coworkers while providing a learning experience at the same time!

2y

Company culture and understanding it is imperative to be successful. However, how would you address improving employee morale and do you have any tips you could share? (this question is really for anyone :))

2y

These are some great suggestions Jane! We spend most of our time working, so why not enjoy the people we work with by connecting on a different level! The most important result I see from these ideas, is getting to know more people in your organization. When you make connections and interact with more co-workers at your company, you are organically creating a place for yourself that will reap long term growth.

2y

Starting a book club is an awesome idea. Book discussions are a great way to get to know people, but not in a small-talk, network-y kind of way. The ways people interpret books says a lot about the ways they approach their own stories.

2y

As a college student starting my job search, company culture is huge for me. I am so much more productive and happy in an environment that fits my values and personality. The trend towards creating unique company cultures is going to continue as more people realize the benefits of a connected and involved workplace. Great tips to do so!

2y
Jane M. Graybeal

Jane is a Recruitment Consultant for WilsonHCG, a full-service RPO and human capital consulting provider. In addition to recruiting candidates in a variety of industries, she also serves as a Brand Ambassador for her company and is passionate about issues facing Gen Y. As a true Millennial, she is slightly obsessed with all things social media including Facebook, Instagram, and writing her own personal lifestyle blog in her spare time. Jane has a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan and resides in Portland, Ore. with her husband and goofy dog, Lola. You can follow her adventures at www.inthepinkandgreen.com