You just know when you are giving a keynote in front of an audience voluntarily wearing reindeer antlers at 7:30 in the morning, it’s going to be a good time.
A big shout out to Tri-State HRMA and daring to sing along to my holiday season homage to HR workers everywhere.
And after having a good laugh and a nice big pat on the back, we talked about how important business culture is and how to bring an “I Dare Me” culture to work with more play, more learning, more caring.
Why is business culture so important?
Retention and recruiting.
In this environment, the best and the brightest can take their pick of companies to work for and they will move around if they aren’t happy.
When former students change jobs they tell me:
- I wasn’t growing.
- I felt like my company didn’t care about me.
- I didn’t enjoy being with the people I worked with.
Yep. They didn’t like the business culture.
What do former students say when they are happy at work? Things like:
- I have a great mentor.
- I really enjoy being with the people I work with.
- We work hard but have fun.
- I’m learning new things.
- I can talk to my boss. The door is open.
- The perks! Pick any: work from home days, birthday celebrations, food at work, fun workshops, speakers, mentors, special get-togethers.
In short, it’s what I call an “I Dare Me” culture.
There’s play. There’s laughter. There’s an investment in training and learning and mentoring. There’s the encouragement and daring to Do the New, be creative, just try new things in your personal and work life.
There’s a commitment and a feeling that people are cared for in the organization.
For my friends in HR, it starts with you; It starts with us. We play, we learn, we’re kind, we Do the New and that ripples out around us, inspiring others to do the same.
Yes, I agree, Tri-State HRMA, that’s worth standing up for.
Do you have an I Dare Me culture at work? Please share the things that make it a great place to work!