By Hadar Ron, VP of Human Resources
I’ve spent many years in different HR roles with mature organizations that have established businesses, processes, and company culture.
However, it was different to join a startup company where I had direct influence over shaping its organizational personality. While challenging, it’s also exciting and satisfying to see the outcome of this effort.
It’s no secret a positive culture and work atmosphere can magnify a company’s growth in ways one can’t imagine. It’s reflected in the team’s motivation and productivity. It also fosters innovation, healthy relationships, and contributes to building a public image.
One of the best things to come out of the right culture is it helps attract and retain the brightest minds.
7 Keys to Building Great Company Culture
When I first became vice president of Human Resources at Pliops, I thought about my past experiences. I identified these seven tenants to help build our culture:
1. Innovation, Inspired by Founder Vision
Understand the founder’s vision for the company, the type of work environment they want to create, and what is most important to them. Knowing this helps drive alignment, which then enables execution. It also multiplies the impact of their leadership.
2. Hiring the Right Talent Is Key
The talent we hire directly impacts business and company culture. It’s important to ensure we are not hiring based on skill or urgent need. It’s also essential to consider how an individual will fit into the picture and positively affect our culture. In that regard, I like to ask myself if it’s better to have a great team or a team of greats?
3. Meaning Matters
We emphasize our startup story and the innovative value of the product everyone is working on. Talking about why we do what we do significantly increases our satisfaction with our work.
4. Listen More and Be Agile
Listening and acting fast is vital in fostering a dynamic and healthy organization. For example, strive to get feedback. It’s the best way to feel the organization’s pulse and stay connected.
5. Employee Wellness Is Not a Luxury
We aspire to keep the employees at their best. For instance, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Why? Because they’re the core of the company. Without them, success would be a dream. Therefore, it’s essential to offer resources, tools, and opportunities. Help them live a healthy life, whether inside or outside the office. We are continually amazed to see the appreciation the team gives back in return.
6. An Ongoing Learning Organization
Building a growth mindset among employees to learn, grow, and adapt continuously is critical. This translates into ongoing innovation, growth, and resilience. It also benefits both the organization and individuals’ careers.
7. Data-Driven Decision Making
Where data overlaps with people – magic happens. We invest in relevant tools and platforms to help predict and foster behavior. The results help accelerate a positive culture.
Building a Great Company Culture
There is no one checklist, and building the right company culture is subjective. It depends on many aspects. However, all Pliops leaders, not just the HR team, obsess with company culture as it has a contagious effect. Building a great company culture multiples our impact on the power of X!