In honor of yesterday's post about culture, this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup focuses on company culture and some the latest news around this ever so popular topic. Enjoy!
1) 3 Ways to Create the Company Culture You Want from Entrepreneur
"Successful businesses have learned to look beyond skills to whether prospective employees mesh with their company culture from the start. As the founder and CEO of KeepSafe, a San Francisco startup with a cloud-based app for storing personal digital files, Zouhair Belkoura is well aware of how difficult it can be for a fledgling venture to attract and retain talent. Which is why he instituted a “test drive” policy for new hires, leaving the door open for them to simply walk away from their new position within a few days, no hard feelings. Most new hires decide to stick around, but not all. “We just lost two really solid candidates this way,” he says."
"People don't love working at Disney because the company is super rich (so is Walmart), or because they have great benefits (so does the United States Postal Service), or because they have a mouse on their logo (so do mousetrap companies). People love working for Disney because of a thousand little things that add up to one magical whole. But actually building--or sustaining--a winning culture like Disney can be tough because it feels like we just don't have the time for it. We've got people to manage, products to develop, clients to meet and reports to dissect. Don't worry, cultures aren't built overnight (and really can't be); rather, they grow piece by piece by paying attention to small and simple details."
3) The Biggest Threat to a Company's Growing Culture from Fast Company
"In 19th-century India, the city of Delhi had a snake problem. A rather large population of cobras slithered the streets with impunity. Indiana Jones would've hated the place. The British government decided to get rid of the snakes through crowdsourcing. Officials offered a bounty for every dead snake that locals brought in. But something unexpected happened. Soon after the British started to pay for every dead cobra, they realized that local entrepreneurs had begun to breed snakes in order to get paid. The government canceled the program. So the cobra farmers released their worthless snakes into the streets. It turned out the British didn’t want dead snakes; they wanted fewer live snakes. By incentivizing the wrong thing, they inadvertently doubled their problem."
Lexi Gordon is a Lead Consultant for exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps organizations build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about our employer brand innovation, workforce research, and recruiting strategy offerings.