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Corporate culture refers to the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature. Corporate culture is rooted in an organization's goals, strategies, structure, and approaches to labor, customers, investors, and the greater community. As such, it is an essential component in any business's ultimate success or failure.
  1. ProducerHilton Barbour

    Hilton Barbour

    Corporate Culture In An Age Of Unicorns and Disruptors
    Corporate Culture In An Age Of Unicorns and DisruptorsPoor, poor Travis Kalanick, CEO of UBER.The last time I witnessed a senior executive combust so quickly and so publicly it was Jeff Skilling.And, remember, Skilling was being ousted for the largest bankruptcy in US history, the loss of billions in...


    Robert Cormack
    20/03/2017 #3 Robert Cormack
    The way we've made heroes out of borderline criminals has always fascinated me. I wasn't surprised by the toxic environment of UBER, either. Everything about the company gave me a queazy feeling. Kalanick is a hustler and always wanted to be big enough that he could turn his nose up at the establishment (actually, he doesn't care about the establishment; he's just a greedy little prick like the rest of them). Hastings is an interesting story—especially the quote you show here. No time for brilliant people? They upset meetings? The group? Those groups accomplish nothing without brilliant, different people. Hastings knows full well that's the case, but he figures Netflix only needs one brilliant person—and that's him. Thanks @Hilton Barbour.
    Hilton Barbour
    20/03/2017 #2 Hilton Barbour
    Thank you Christine.
    Christine Stevens
    20/03/2017 #1 Christine Stevens
    Excellent commentary on what real disruptors should be.
  2. ProducerCrys T. T. Nguyen
    The single best question to learn about a company’s culture
    The single best question to learn about a company’s cultureThis originated from my short answer to a question on Quora (http://qr.ae/TklmPW):"What single best question can I ask that unveils whether a company has a culture of integrity, passion, and isn't miserable inside?" From personal experience of...


    Crys T. T. Nguyen
    01/03/2017 #4 Crys T. T. Nguyen
    #1 #2 #3 Thank you guys for the responses. Yes, indeed, there are way too many organisations out there not realising the importance of shaping their business inside out.
    With this, we shall raise more awareness for both executives, as well as the staff, to address this. I believe if all staff and job seekers are aware and demand this, organisations will have to change to survive.
    Warren Kellam
    28/02/2017 #3 Warren Kellam
    Love your article, Crys. That is indeed a great question to pose to an HR person about onboarding mistakes. I worked for a large organization that had a bullshit onboarding process, it was called figure it out for yourself. Oh, the bullshit and stress that they put the newbs through. That question says a lot about how an organization values new talent. This particular organization that I worked at treated new folks like pond scum plebes.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/02/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    There is a Zappos (Main Headquarters/plant) in Bradford Pennsylvania, about 55 miles from me! Good read @Crys T. T. Nguyen
    Michael O'Neil
    28/02/2017 #1 Anonymous
    Sadly, for most organizations, this is not a question that the interview panel can answer.
  3. ProducerCarolina Silva

    Carolina Silva

    CULTURE AND ITS IMPACT IN THE ORGANIZATIONWHAT IS CULTURE?It’s the lifestyle for the organization.Set of beliefs, values, principles,norms or rules that the members of the organization share. Culture defines reality, what it is, what should be and what can be. It provide focus and meaning....
  4. ProducerMelinda Brain

    Melinda Brain

    Workplace Culture: Like Honey to the Bees
    Workplace Culture: Like Honey to the BeesWorkplaces are where we frequent, yet can you easily describe your workplace Culture? Is it aggressive, does it value stakeholders and are you personally ready to take on what challenges the firm faces? Are you an active bee in the hive, or are you...


    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    28/02/2017 #7 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Well done and I will add #culture is felt, it is visceral and non-rational, - as you say. "symbols, dress codes, rituals" and much more. we have been viewing culture through a rational lens, when we learn to sense the non-rational, we can sense and feel the visceral quality of a culture as soon as we walk in - well we can sense this - but it is bringing it to our conscious awareness and then taking non-rational actions to imbue our culture with the qualities we aspire, that value human beings, that enable trust for creativity, connection and contribution to emerge.
    Melinda Brain
    15/11/2016 #6 Melinda Brain
    #5 Thank you so much, @Rene Winteraeken!
    Melinda Brain
    15/11/2016 #4 Melinda Brain
    #1 Thanks for commenting @David B. Grinberg, "good business sense" really rings true for a healthy culture - thank you :)
    Melinda Brain
    15/11/2016 #3 Melinda Brain
    #2 Thanks for commenting @Melissa Hughes, I am really glad you enjoyed.
    Melissa Hughes
    15/11/2016 #2 Anonymous
    "Culture is meant to be a learning experience..". Absolutely! And we each play a part in what is taught. Thank you for this great piece, Melinda!
    David B. Grinberg
    15/11/2016 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos on an excellent read, Melinda. A positive workplace culture = more employee engagement, higher productivity and performance, increased job satisfaction and company loyalty, and fewer sick days. In short, this simply makes good business sense for any savvy and sensible employer.
  5. ProducerMelinda Brain

    Melinda Brain

    Surviving a Toxic Organisation
    Surviving a Toxic OrganisationToxic Organisations impact the organisation's most valuable member, its employee. How can employees survive a toxic organisation and is it as simple as one would think? Probably not, however this post will look at the signs that an...


    Janet Lentz
    04/03/2017 #36 Janet Lentz
    Been there too, and seriously never again. Toxic organizations and their cultures of fear affect employees health and well-being to an enormous degree. Not worth it at any price.
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    28/02/2017 #35 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    Been there, never again. Life's too short
    Melinda Brain
    17/11/2016 #34 Melinda Brain
    #33 Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman for the welcome and the comment!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    15/11/2016 #33 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I've seen a few of these situations during my career. I found it's best to move on, if at all possible. No job is worth jeopardizing your health. Welcome to beBee @Melinda Brain.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/11/2016 #32 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #28 It's why I share my story Melinda. I've seen people stay in those environments, hoping things will change, but they don't. I stuck to it for three years before I finally accepted the inevitable. I never regretted my decision. No job is worth risking your health and happiness.
    Melinda Brain
    14/11/2016 #31 Melinda Brain
    #19 Thanks Daphne, it sounds like you have really embraced Australian law. It is really interesting to hear about power distance in the Malaysian firms.
    Melinda Brain
    14/11/2016 #30 Melinda Brain
    #29 Thanks for commenting. What do you think of the Founders or the Directors?
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    14/11/2016 #29 Erroll -EL- Warner
    The trickle down effect. Get rid of the CEO and the executive branch including the executive Human Resources member.
    Melinda Brain
    13/11/2016 #28 Melinda Brain
    #22 Pamela, thank you so much for sharing your experience and for being upfront and personal with us. I hoped that by doing this post that it would resonate personally with people that are either currently experiencing or have experienced a toxic culture before. My job is done here.
    Melinda Brain
    13/11/2016 #27 Melinda Brain
    #24 I agree, Graham. When a Leader tells me culture is "the way we do things", to me that's an empty statement. I want to see more descriptors when it comes to Culture. Perhaps my next topic will be Culture :)
    Melinda Brain
    13/11/2016 #26 Melinda Brain
    #25 Thanks for commenting, Jan and sharing your experience.
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    13/11/2016 #25 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Worked for years under a Toxic Workplace... early on
    Discovered that Toxic Bosses dont join a business by chance.. most Are brought by someone HIGHER up the chain
    Of command... That protects them form being chastised for their actions.:. My advice to anyone in a toxic enviroment ???? Leave As Soon As POSSIBLE!!!! Use time to look for another job... because as low as you can go wont make you invisible.... pack and leave... never look back...
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #24 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Nice Buzz @Melinda Brain... my experience is leaders create culture and leaders change cultures. It is important to keep culture a topic of conversation and something that is always part of your back pocket list of questions when a leader comes to visit.
    What is the vision for the company's culture? What is your ideal culture for continued growth and employee engagement? What are your thoughts on how we can continue to develop our culture to be/ or maintain being the leader in the industry? All somewhat loaded questions and move the discussion of culture from "lip service" to actual discussion. I look forward to more of your thoughts on corporate culture, etc. Thanks !
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/11/2016 #23 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #22 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Sometimes hard times and oppression by others become unbearable. But, then in such circumstances, you have to be persevering, bold and ready enough to make right decisions. Some periods of suffering are like ordeals, rest become lessons and memory. Best is to brush off the painful past and recall only that made you courageous to withstand hardships. This is the mettle, the spirit and worthwhile inspiration that makes our living on the go and celebrate ahead with newer initiatives to be always cheery. May the Almighty Lord lead you on the upright, cherishing pathway. Wishing all success, good times ahead!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    13/11/2016 #22 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Melinda, welcome to beBee and thank you for writing your first post. I fought for survival in an extremely toxic work environment for three years. I somehow became the target of sanctified colleague abuse. The HR Manager to whom I went suddenly took early retirement and I was one of the few staff members he stopped by to say goodbye and "wish me the best of luck with the company". I ended up on extended leave twice due to surgery. I was seeing a stress counselor and making sure to take vacations. I would get several calls a day during the vacations and when I returned things would have changed that made my job more difficult. It was the death of my beloved grandfather that showed me just how low these people would stoop when I returned and found a cheap, half dead plant on my desk with a note that said: sorry for your loss. In addition someone had been in my office and I couldn't find anything. No sympathy for my grief, they were on me immediately with demand after demand. It took less than a year before I resigned. I wrote a comment on a management blog about my experience and was totally open and honest about everything, including things I thought I could have done different. They came back with the same advice as you; I did the only thing I could do; leave. Once management starts condoning inhuman treatment by their staff, the game is over; leave.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    13/11/2016 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #1 Absolutely Javier! I am so please you have this philosophy. It makes me love beBee even more. This must be why we always see smiles on the staff pictures!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/11/2016 #20 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Toxic culture, after all, creates a slump in everyone's feelings and the outcomes are worst, with discord, breakups and sore ties.
    Daphne Lok
    13/11/2016 #19 Daphne Lok
    I have worked in the area of HR both in Asia and Australia. In Australia, overall there is greater awareness about bullying and as a company, we instituted new policies and compliance training on workplace bullying when the anti-bullying legislation was introduced by Fair Work. I have personally investigated a number of complaints about workplace bullying, most of the time we were able to resolve the issues fairly quickly and the relevant parties either apologised or faced disciplinary action and the issues were mostly satisfactorily resolved.
    I am now back in Malaysia and I have found that unfortunately there is very little awareness about the issues of workplace bullying and there is almost no support for employees who happen to work under a superior who is bullying or harassing them. The power distance is much bigger between the employer and employee and hierarchical and command/control styles of management is very strong and especially entrenched in Asia.
    Therefore when an employee works under a boss who is who abuses his staff by withdrawing support in public or uses harsh verbal public reprimand, there is very little an employee can do, except to suffer in silence, hide their emotions and swallow their pride and manage their own anxiety and this can go on or years, unless the employee finally leaves. Thanks for your article.
    Itziar Ruiz López
    13/11/2016 #18 Itziar Ruiz López
    Thanks Melinda for this Producer. It's true everything that you say. Currently, I think there are a lot of toxic organizations. As @Javier 🐝 beBee said. It's because there are people whose behavior it's not the correct. The best solution is to finish the relationship.
    Welcome to the hive!!!😀
    Melinda Brain
    13/11/2016 #17 Melinda Brain
    #14 thanks for taking the time to read my post and for the shares. Health and wellbeing can never be under estimated :)
  6. Bert Purdy

    Bert Purdy

    Bert Purdy
    Eight Easy Ways You Can Guide Your Business Culture
    switchandshift.com Eight members of the of Young Entrepreneur Council share how leaders can craft and enable company culture at their...
  7. ProducerMelissa Hughes

    Melissa Hughes

    An All-Star Team is Better Than a Group of All-Stars
    An All-Star Team is Better Than a Group of All-StarsImagine you're in the last phase of a highly competitive interview process for your “dream job.” The leadership team has praised your skills, intellect, and accomplishments. Only the "rockstars" make it to this point. Your final test is to attend...


    Melissa Hughes
    14/11/2016 #13 Anonymous
    #4 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I think most of us have experiences on both sides of the spectrum. I worked at a company I loved for 10 years and then got a new boss. He took the team to the same place you describe where people spent more time flying under the radar than they did contributing to organizational goals and elevating innovation and creative thought. In less than 6 months, some people were "blacklisted" for not perpetuating his divisions. In 8 months, I left.

    Everyone wants to belong. Everyone wants to feel like they are valuable members of the team. This takes an intentional form of leadership and can be very powerful.

    Thanks so much for sharing! I'll follow you back on Twitter, too. I enjoy your work very much, Lisa!
    Melissa Hughes
    14/11/2016 #12 Anonymous
    #7 I agree, @Jared Wiese. Those organizations looking to tap into the strengths and talents of all members of the team must first understand how to create a culture conducive for everyone to be both a teacher and a learner.
    Melissa Hughes
    14/11/2016 #11 Anonymous
    #8 Thanks, @Jared Wiese! I appreciate the share!
    Melissa Hughes
    14/11/2016 #10 Anonymous
    "People with different prospective working in harmony and adjusted to the same wave length and the same feeling can break the logical thought pattern and produce a good yield." This is so true, Mohammed. I think there is as much danger in a "nod and smile" culture as one that doesn't promote sharing different perspectives. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! #9
    Mohammed Sultan
    14/11/2016 #9 Mohammed Sultan
    @ Melissa Hughes.We are looking for people who can share feelings and thoughts .A good team is not only about people who are working together but who are also thinking together.We are looking for people with different skills and knowledge that can change from just a group of people working together to an open and flexible team of individuals who can use one another's resources and not applying their own filters.People with different prospective working in harmony and adjusted to the same wave length and the same feeling can break the logical thought pattern and produce a good yield.Aristotle team; because they are concerned with a "mean" always go beyond the logic of knowledge and skills to the practical wisdom of its members.
    Jared Wiese: Find YOUR Work➡
    14/11/2016 #8 Jared Wiese: Find YOUR Work➡
    Sharing in Directors...
    Jared Wiese: Find YOUR Work➡
    14/11/2016 #7 Jared Wiese: Find YOUR Work➡
    @Melissa Hughes, this seems a great mix to the beBee motto of Professional + PERSONAL = successful :)

    If it is all strict - even perfect professionals, like Team A. -- "those with expertise share their opinions at length and without interruption. It is clear who is in charge and there is an understood protocol... no sidebars or extraneous conversations." -- That sounded stifling, right away to me - and, hence, less productive.
    Jared Wiese: Find YOUR Work➡
    14/11/2016 #6 Jared Wiese: Find YOUR Work➡
    #4 Your manager can certainly be key to job satisfaction.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/11/2016 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Tweeted and shared. I thought we followed each other on twitter @Melissa Hughes, could you follow back, I set this up to be tweeted every 6 hours. Thanks! You can find me @mialis79 and beBee_stories
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/11/2016 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This is a great article @Melissa Hughes. When I took my leadership and management class I was lucky to be with open minded people who wanted to work as a team. It was a great learning experience and we ended up with the highest grades in that class because we were able to laugh, guide each other without insulting another, and no one thought they were better than the next person, we collaborated with ease. I worked in an office environment after my years of working as a team in Healthcare. My team experience in Healthcare was another positive experience, after all, lives were at stake- there wasn't room for big egos and lack of empathy (yes, so lacked those traits) but they didn't end up staying long term. My office experience, on the other hand, was a very negative one. Our manager divided the office; She was not always the manager, she was a co-worker with employees I worked with. She developed a 'tude' over time and expected people to ignore those she didn't care for. If you got along well with the 'side of the office,' she abhorred, lets just say you were immediately black listed. There were only 8 of us in that office and I never knew how cruel and lonely a job could feel if you weren't a follower or an (excuse me for saying this), ass kisser! She made the lives of those who befriended her former coworkers she didn't like, miserable. She had a few cohorts who helped her with her evil ways. It was worse than High School. I must say, I'm glad I've had the experiences I did- they have only emboldened me to be an even better person. You wrote, "Take turns, be nice, include others, work together, be empathetic, and laugh…don’t forget to laugh." Couldn't agree more, a great recipe for reduced stress and a great working environment.
    Melissa Hughes
    25/07/2016 #2 Anonymous
    Thanks for the kind words and the share, @Julie Hickman. I appreciate both! #1
  8. ProducerMohammed A. Jawad
    Strong Organizational Culture Leads to Top-level Performance
    Strong Organizational Culture Leads to Top-level PerformanceGiven the importance of getting corporate culture right, many organizations invest heavily in shaping their cultures and influencing the behaviors of their workforces.But how many organizations derive maximum value from this investment?Does the...


    Monica Chetal
    30/05/2016 #1 Monica Chetal
    Leadership has a role to play in building a strong organization culture. Thanks for sharing
  9. ProducerDavid Bellamy

    David Bellamy

    Happiness or engagement? - it's a question of perspective.
    Happiness or engagement? - it's a question of perspective.It's time to rethink our approach to engagement. Making it about the employee and their happiness is key to unlocking the real potential that lays untapped in most companies.It also holds the key to discovering the agility, creativity and...


    Mohammed A. Jawad
    28/05/2016 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Good engagement paves to worthwhile happiness! Being disconnected or divisive, there's little for enjoyment.
  10. ProducerKathy Finnerty Thomas
    Why I Love Working with Millennials ... and you should too!
    Why I Love Working with Millennials ... and you should too!In less than 10 years millennials will make up 75% of the workforce.  And for many of us, we will see a huge shift in our customer base as well. As a Baby Boomer entering the workplace, many articles were written and hands rung about the type...


    Sharon King
    20/05/2016 #2 Sharon King
    I guess we have to adapt to the new generation and more important, evolve with them. I like you perspective on how to embrace millenials in a work team and the challenges they represent for us, that's the way any person will grow. Great share @Kathy Finnerty Thomas
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/05/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    One of the things I like about joining a college toastmasters club as a part of my journey is that I share a learning space with lots of millennials. Up close and personal they are no different to the people I went to college with in the late 70's except this lot all love their cell-phones. I doubt if the space shuttle disaster had much impact on millennials because they would be about 4 years old at the time. Of course a networked age has changed things, but it has changed for everyone who is willing to embrace this age.