What Does your Office Say About your Culture?

No matter how your company describes its culture, job candidates and new hires will make snap judgments the second they walk in the door. The physical appearance of the work place provides several clues to what it’s really like to work there.

Consider what your office may be communicating about your culture:  

  • How is the space used? An office designed as open concept with public work spaces and lots of casual meeting areas might signal a team-oriented culture that promotes collaboration and a younger, more modern approach to business. In contrast, an office filled with row after row of cubicles says something else entirely. One is not necessarily better than the other; some employees actually prefer cubicles.
  • Is the place a hoarder’s delight? If someone walks into an office and finds that the hallways are filled with stacked file boxes and the flat surfaces filled with clutter, they may feel a sense of inefficiency and disorganization within the company. An office that’s well maintained and well organized gives a more professional, efficient vibe.
  • Do the furnishings accommodate various employee needs? A company with standing desks, treadmill desks, specialized back support chairs, or even larger monitors can show that the culture values employees enough invest in their health and wellbeing.
  • What color are the walls?  Vibrant colors can portray a creative driven and upbeat company. Muted and neutral tones will signify simplicity and focus. But dingy beige walls that haven’t been painted since the company moved in a decade ago will communicate a message as well.

Whether it’s intended or not, the physical appearance of an office will speak to your culture. It’s an interesting exercise to compare your stated culture with the state of the workplace.

 

 Interested in better ways to communicate your culture? Tribe can help.

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