One of the most popular business catchphrases of the last decade has been “We have a terrific culture, you would fit in well.” Many people use this when describing the culture or work structure at their company. But sometimes it’s not as much the culture as the people who make it work and the managers and supervisors that support it. People shape the culture, the culture does not shape the people.
If you look at some of the most famous work cultures (IBM, Apple, Jet Blue, Disney, and RockStar games all come to mind), all of them have something that makes them special. Whether it is dress code, work atmosphere, people, training, leadership, or maybe just genuine coolness, every culture provides something that makes it different. Is dressing in a white shirt and tie better than wearing shorts and sandals to work? People will argue both points. Culture is basically the best fit to ensure that people are comfortable, and hopefully it will make a difference in retaining or adding talent. Culture does not take the place of salary or bonuses, but it is a deal maker when the monetary enticements are close.