My office wasn’t much to look at as it barely had the latest office luxury. However, there was a rooftop patio where my team and I could go relax, admire the view and have a drink. I believe to this day that the rooftop and the culture created was the reason among others, which my team stuck around. Company culture is what inspires employees to constantly come to work and to work hard. Some of the company cultures include benefits and opinions plans, company retreats and sleek offices. However, building culture doesn’t always need to be very expensive. Here are some of the less expensive effective tools I have found over the years.
- The rooftop patio principle.
I became hooked to the idea of a rooftop patio after my first office experience. The trend of patios continued when I got my other offices. These rooftops patios were not expensive as they didn’t add much to the leasing costs. The patios provided safe zones where employees would interact freely and have impromptu lunches together with drinks after work. The space provided a refuge where my team would come to relax and reduce the pressure of a growing the company. The space made all the difference.
- The company that eats together stays together.
Since company dinners have proven to be expensive as the company continues to grow, guac-offs have become the replacement of company dinners. Guac-off are considered to be food games whose purpose is to bring together the joy of eating with a little thrill of competition. 11 competitors applied for our first guac-off and three simple rules were given. Ever since the guac-off has become a company annual tradition. The food game has provided a low-stress way of meeting new colleagues in the organization.
- Company clothes people actually wear.
Many companies distribute piles of t-shirts, beer koozies, key chains, hats and stickers with company logos and names on them. We did the same and designed our very own trendy t-shirts, hoodies and socks. The company clothes were then passed on to the employees. Being part of the latest company wear creates a special feeling that one feels honored to be part of.
- The power of random coffees.
Different departments may become distant to each other due to the different duties delegated to them. Before you know it one company may start to feel like totally different companies. Random coffees are one of the hacks that can be used to solve the problem. In the random coffees, employees sign up and they are set on a blind date with their peers. Through the dates, the employees are able to interact and make friends.
- DYI parties are more fun.
Restaurant parties may become expensive therefore leading to the formation of DYI parties. Each month two departments would join hands and hold a party for the company in the office. The departments would be given a reasonable budget and also the freedom to design the parties. The results were amazing as the themes of the parties were extremely creative. The culture developed Hoot suite from 100 to 1000 employees.