Company Culture: It's More Than Ping Pong & Free Food
We get it. Ping pong tables and free breakfast are awesome - but are they the only things that can bring a fun and vibrant company culture to your business? No! I mean, we have a popcorn machine and a massage chair in our office, but those are just small pieces of the great company culture puzzle at Csek Creative.
A great company culture is one that promotes a “work hard, play hard” mentality and encourages your team to bring forth innovative and creative ideas on the daily.
The success of a company can be dependent on how well the whole team understands the company’s culture. The workplace can become home to hard working employees who put their hearts into everything they produce. Being on the same page, having the same values and understanding the company goals seems to be the key to success.
So, what makes a successful company stay true to its culture and keep employees engaged? We spoke with Csek Creative’s COO Jim Csek to find out a little more on what makes our company culture one that employees don’t want to leave!
What type of culture defines Csek Creative?
We have and continue to foster a culture of opportunity, collaboration, idea generation and a work hard, play hard culture.
How do you stay true to Csek Creative’s culture?
I work hard and try to make sure employees have the tools they need to succeed and that they are provided with opportunity.
How do you communicate Csek Creative’s culture with new employees?
We try to involve an open communication throughout the company. We work hard to ensure that each person communicates with one another to build relationships and for collaboration.
How do you stay consistent with Csek Creative’s culture? How does this vary with staff turnover?
The goal is to keep the core beliefs alive and well, and support staff with opportunity.
Staff turnover is always a challenge, some will never buy in as they struggle to see the positive effects of collaboration and teamwork, which hinders their ability to adapt to new cultures.
What do you think are culture killers?
People that do not want to be team players. Michael Jordan said it best, “I go out there everyday and try to make my teammates better, not me.”
From your experience, how can start up companies stay true to their culture?
Believe in the culture, don’t just adopt a culture that you think is cool. It’s easier to live something that is you.
If you could give a piece of advice to startup companies about their culture, what would it be?
Leadership by example is always the best thing to do! Believe and live the culture you want. Don't watch some video or adopt something you think is cool and trendy, be ready to clean toilets, sweep up, make hard decisions, reward and provide opportunity.
Success comes in all shapes and sizes, but according to our expert, Jim Csek, continuous success comes from a company’s core culture. Staying true to your culture, putting in hard work and playing a part on your team drives businesses to success.
Csek’s leadership and teamwork company culture comes rooted from words he’s held close to him and found to be true. From one of his professors he states, “Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability, and be better today than you were yesterday. Work really hard, don't worry about the money because if you go all in, money will follow.”
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." --Andrew Carnegie