Earlier today I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Kabbage office in Atlanta and the energy was electric. As I entered, several people walked by smiling, and enjoying each others’ company. Walking in the kitchen, a number of people were sharing stories while exuding a warm vibe. Culture starts with the core values and permeates through all aspects of the business.
Here are a few thoughts on the energy of a culture in an office:
- There’s no one right or wrong culture. Some are formal and some are laid back. Some are silly and some are serious. What matters is that everyone is aligned and buys into the core values.
- Office environment, style, color, and layout either augment or detract from the culture. Visual cues matter.
- First impressions, like the receptionist at the desk, set the tone.
- Subtle things like the way people decorate their desks and leaving private office doors open or closed are important.
We’ve all walked into offices that have made us happier and offices that have made us more depressed. Energy of a culture in an office matters and it’s important to be intentional about building the best one for the startup.
What else? What are some more thoughts about the energy of the culture in an office?