Corporate culture is more than just a buzzword; it’s about performance, attracting and retaining talent, and growth. Fast-growth companies often struggle with defining core values and ensuring that they persist over time and during periods of change. Developing a vision can be a great team building activity for new companies: Who are we? What do we believe in? What do we want others to know about our values?
Adam Grant emphasizes the importance of instilling a “giving culture” – where employees help each other without expecting anything in return. Companies who develop and maintain this type of culture reap all types of rewards ranging from higher employee satisfaction to better productivity. However, Grant states, “ …many people are naturally reluctant to seek help. They may think it’s pointless, particularly in taker cultures. They also may fear burdening their colleagues, lack knowledge about who is willing and able to help, or be concerned about appearing vulnerable, incompetent, and dependent” To combat this problem, leadership needs to be committed to the help-seekers by rewarding giving behavior, eliminating takers, and facilitating an “ask questions” culture.
Another benefit of the “giving culture” is the pace of change in today’s world. It’s fast. Everyday new technologies arise and we need to be nimble enough to adapt. Asking for help is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Encouraging our employees to seek assistance and give guidance will boost innovation and collaboration.
You can read more about giving culture here.