Published on December 30th, 2014 | by Jose Vasquez1
4 Elements of Successful Culture in Startup Tech Companies
The quality of your company culture is responsible for keeping your team happy, efficient, and productive.
Startup tech entrepreneurs would be wise not to underestimate the power of company culture in determining the future growth and success of a business. True, office culture can develop organically, but nurturing that growth can help your team members feel more invested in the group and more willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Not all company cultures are alike, and there’s no one recipe for successful culture that applies to every startup company. However, there are a handful of qualities that tend to appear in some of the most successful startup tech companies. Learn and embrace these four qualities of healthy company culture, and your team will be primed for achievement.
- Honesty is an essential quality both inside and outside of an organization. You should only hire workers you can trust intrinsically, on a personal level. Your core team will start out small, so you have to foster an atmosphere of mutual trust and openness. Encourage people to speak their minds, and listen to new ideas.
- Flexibility is also an important quality of your company culture. Give your workers some breathing room, whether that means allowing a few work-from-home days or a lax break schedule. The flip side is asking your workers to be flexible enough to work extra hours from time to time or make small sacrifices for the greater good—it’s a mutually beneficial cultural quality.
- Encourage growth whenever possible, on a personal and professional level. Create an atmosphere that rewards people for trying to better themselves—it’s going to help everyone become better workers and better people in the long run.
- Disrespectful or impersonal offices can be nightmares to work in. Always treat your workers with the utmost respect, and demand your team members to treat each other with the same level of professionalism. Discourage gossiping and office politics, and instead make sure your workplace is comfortable and respectful for everyone involved.
No office is perfect, but with these qualities you can take your company culture to the next level. Give your workers the right environment to thrive in, and there’s no stopping your startup’s momentum.