This is likely a no brainer to most, but it can be tricky, so worth exploring. I am a big, big advocate for the concept of culture in the workplace. What does cultural advocacy mean? It means I believe:
- The way people work around a place is indeed a culture
- Culture is the appropriate word to describe that phenomenon
- Organizations (and their leaders) who understand their culture have a higher chance of achieving corporate goals
I have been fortunate enough to work in HR Leadership roles for companies who have embraced the notion that creating an employee-friendly culture has increased the likelihood of corporate success. I have been very lucky in that regard for any alternative culture probably would not have been a fit for me.
But cultural excellence (for lack of a better word) is hard to navigate. Very quickly a culture can indeed tiptoe into a cult. So, what is the definition of a cult?
Cult: a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.
Some examples: Steve Jobs, Starbucks coffee, Apple products, Spanx, Micro-brews, Vinyl records, Ben Platt (look him up), organic vegetables, Scientology/Tom Cruise!
All agree the connotations of the word “cult” is bad. HR Pros, here are some tips to help ensure your culture remains out of the cult category….