company culture

How to Identify (and Fix) Your Company’s Vibe

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / January 4, 2014

Consider walking into a real-life version of “The Office.” The inappropriate and morally questionable behavior of the staff would make you reconsider your decision to work with — or for — the company. On the other hand, a stale, corporate environment where workers seem to endlessly stare at their monitors is even less appealing. This numb atmosphere that makes you want to run in the opposite direction is…

The Benefits of a No-Policy Vacation Policy

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice Travel / November 4, 2013

One of the benefits of working at SpareFoot is our no-policy vacation policy. In other words, if someone wants to take time off, he or she doesn’t have to seek permission or to religiously track that time against a quota. We trust employees to get their work done—and to not unduly burden colleagues who are still at the office. At SpareFoot, we put the no-policy vacation policy in…

5 Things to Know Before You Launch Your Startup

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / September 3, 2013

There are many exciting opportunities available to young, motivated business entrepreneurs in today’s world. Greater interconnectedness allows us to find partners and share ideas more easily than ever before. Funding platforms provide crucial financial support at the beginning stages of business projects. Younger technologically-minded business icons are setting the bar for success. In this type of environment, it’s easy to see why startups abound—particularly amongst younger entrepreneurs low…

6 Secrets to Building a Bad-Ass Company Culture

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / July 25, 2013

This year, the employees of SpareFoot (we call them SpareFeet) gave the company one of the biggest compliments an employer could ever receive. In confidential surveys for the Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work program, the people of SpareFoot gave the company high enough praise that we were named our region’s 2013 Best Place to Work among midsize employers. This honor was no accident. Every day, SpareFoot…

3 Things Rockstar Employees Need to Stay Put

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / July 2, 2013

Take a minute to think about your roster of employees. Now mentally identify your top dogs. This shouldn’t take you long. If you are like me, you know exactly who those people are and you cringe at the thought of the day they may leave your company for a better opportunity. Here’s the good news: they may never leave. Yes, even those people who receive a steady stream…

Organization 2.0: Why We’re Building a Culture Instead of a Company

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / July 1, 2013

When I worked as a consultant at Deloitte, I got to see a lot of different organizational structures under a microscope. The thing you learn pretty quickly is that organizations succeed or fail because of talent, and talent chooses to stay or go because of culture. A good company culture is the core of any operation. Are people excited to be here? Do they look forward to coming…

The Progression of Company Culture Within an Organization

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 26, 2013

What does every single business ever created have in common? The answer is they all started out as an idea; one person’s fantasy as to how their vision can make a difference to the world. From the minute an organization is born, a company culture is installed within it. For those start ups that cannot afford to hire employees at the inception point, the culture is enshrined within…

Team Building is Not an Extracurricular Activity: How to Make Company Culture a Priority from Day One

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 21, 2013

Culture is a very real and meaningful part of a company that determines how team members feel about the business, the product, and one another. But building a strong company culture is also an opportunity to motivate the team by making everyone feel like they’re working toward a common goal. At my company, culture has made all the difference in our product and our business — especially when…

Tips for Defining Company Culture

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 13, 2012

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines culture as “the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties, especially by education,” which is an incredibly boring statement. So, I kept reading, seeing as how there were multiple definitions, and I found this: “The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.” Ah, much better. But why does culture matter when it comes to your company?…

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