Upholding Company Culture
This is one of my responsibilities as the Operations Administrator at EchoUser. Well, that sounds easy: provide food, coffee, in office yoga, and company happy hours! DONE! But then I got to thinking…some of the biggest tech giants not only in the world, but right here in the Bay Area, provide their employees with all-you-can-eat cafeterias, made to order coffee, on-site gyms, and bottomless kegerators, yet they still have high turnover and unhappy employees. Why? What more could they want? As I was searching the Internet for possible reasons, I came across an article called Entrepreneurs Need to Focus on Culture, Not Perks, written by Greg Besner, the Founder and CEO of CultureIQ. This made me realize I’ve been misdefining perks as culture and I’m not the only person getting these two confused. Yes, they can be tied together, but they still have their own entity.
Here at EchoUser
We value a healthy work/life balance, continuous self-improvement, open communication and teamwork, creativity, and empowerment - all important components that build a strong company culture.
Some examples of these include:
Healthy and Flexible Work/Life Balance
EchoUser understands employees have a life outside of work. We trust our employees will get their work done while also enjoying a healthy work/life balanced lifestyle.
During our company strategy off-site last year, we developed “action teams”. One of the action team’s goals was to create an internal mentorship program in order to strengthen our skills and learn from our peers. We are currently in the alpha phase of the mentorship program and are receiving positive feedback from all participants.
Open Communication and Teamwork
The walls throughout our entire office are whiteboards. This encourages collaboration and creativity among our team members. It is not an uncommon sight to see groups of people gathering in an open space and bouncing ideas off of each other.
Any Experience Projects
Employees are able to work on projects that they are interested in, where they see a need for improvement or just want to do more research on. This empowers our employees and allows them to work on something they have a personal interest in. Ask us about our “Hello Toilet” and “Shut-up and Woof!” projects!
And most importantly, we have fun with each other!
These are just a few of the things that help build a strong and positive company culture and how we are doing it at EchoUser!