Is Your Business Culture Making You Cringe or Create?  

    An organization’s or company’s culture consists of the core values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that employees, partners and members share and use on a daily basis in their work and life. This culture determines how the people in your company describe where they work, how they understand the business, and how they define themselves as part of the business.

    I am fortunate to have an amazing company with a culture that lives true values, shares the vision and focuses on its employees, partners, members  and clients. Are you this fortunate? If that answer is no, keep reading!!

     

    Ask yourself, do you know what your company or organization stands for? What is their mission, what culture are they creating, or have created, and most importantly, what does that mean for you?

    Our work culture impacts us on a professional and personal level every single day. We all have needs. If those needs are not being met we tend to be less happy and less productive.

    According to Anthony Robbins, humans have 6 basic human needs:

    1. Certainty/Comfort
    2. Uncertainty/Variety
    3. Significance
    4. Love & Connection
    5. Growth
    6. Contribution

    These needs are deep rooted and can be nurtured by many different entities in your life. If your work or organiztion can provide a safe place to work and spend time where you feel certainty and comfort, you will likely perform at a higher level, be more creative and less stressed since you won’t be worrying about losing your job and/or being criticized.

    In the mist of certainty, you also need uncertainty. Sounds counterproductive, however, we all need variety in our lives and things to work toward and look forward to. Having uncertainty and variety pushes us to do more and be better.

    Feeling significant is so import in any relationship, business or otherwise. If we feel insignificant in our world we tend to withdrawal and start to question where we fit it. Everyone should have a place in a company or organization that allows them to feel important and significant.

    Love & Connection is a feeling that we belong. When you’re birthday comes around and your company, or the people in your company or organization, acknowledge this bench mark in your life, it makes you feel loved and connected to others. Learning each other’s “love languages” can also help keep employees and partners feel connected and loved by knowing how to reward one another.

    If we’re not growing we’re dying. We need challenge and growth. Often, companies and organiztions don’t make room big enough for people to grow. When someone outgrows their company or organization they usually leave since they’ve outgrown the space they’re in. You want to make sure you’re in a place where you can continue to grow and learn with the support and tools you need.

    Are you contributing to the people around you or to an organization that is important to you? Contribution can come in many different forms. Contributing your time to those who may need it, contributing money or time to an organization or cause that you hold dear to your heart. Whatever it is for you, make sure it’s part of your goal planning and stick to it. When you are contributing to your company or organization it takes you back to feeling significant, creates some certainty, gives you variety, allows for love and connections and creates growth in yourself and the people you are contributing to.

    Take a quick inventory of where you’re at and where you want to be. Make some adjustments according to the 6 rules. Ask for what you need and don’t be afraid to share this with your company, organization, partners and coworkers. This could be the start of a new generation and culture  in your business.

    For more information about creating a culture that suits you, give me a call to schedule a free consultation.

    Jennifer Philips

    Gateway Coaching & Consulting

    520-668-1011 or Jen@GatwayAgent.com