The Power of Company Culture

By Lindsay Smith

When you think of company culture, what comes to mind? Free lunch, ping pong tables, onsite gym, slide in the lobby? I consider these perks, which are certainly an expression of a company’s culture, but not the actual culture in itself. So what, exactly, is company culture?

I recently stumbled upon this statement, which I think captures the essence well. Company culture is “an invisible force that creates shared attitudes and values among its workforce, defines the nature with which it reacts and engages with the outside world, and gives the brand a distinct personality.”

Now think of a great place where you’ve worked. What did you love about it? The way people banded together in challenging times, the trust you had in the company’s leadership, how wins were celebrated, the respect team members had for one another?

Whether your current company culture sounds like the above or is far from it, this invisible force has a profound effect on your customer’s experience and your CSM’s ability to “practice” Customer Success.

Take a moment to review your values as an example (the statements hanging on the wall, likely outside the boardroom). Are they centered around delighting your customers and/or providing rock star service? If not, it’s likely that the entire organization is not as customer obsessed as your team is, which presents challenges if the customer is not at the heart of company decisions.

A customer focused value statement is not enough. Is every department actually living by this particular value in the way they interact internally as well as externally? It is common for there to be a mismatch between written values and observed behaviors. What started as a well-intended purpose, mission, and value statements can quickly fall to the sideline when competition heats up and profit margins begin to be squeezed.

I know I’m preaching to the choir with truths such as:

  • Happy employees = happy customers
  • Empowered employees = better-served customers
  • A culture that encourages feedback = better products

But what if these aren’t beliefs in your current organization? What if people outside of your CS team just don’t “get it”?

Great company culture comes down to great leadership, leaders that recognize the value in culture and invest time and resources into building and maintaining that culture accordingly. You may be thinking “well that’s all fine and dandy but I’m not in the C-suite and can’t affect that kind of change”. Have you ever had a really negative coworker? A coworker who’s able to sour things for everyone? If one person can bring the entire team down, then one person can bring it up as well.

Now let’s say you don’t currently manage anyone but yourself, how else do you make an impact on culture? Ensure you know and fully commit to your company’s values – deciding each day to live by those values in the way you interact with external customers and the way you provide internal customer service. You may be surprised how far merely role modeling values can go in influencing those around Go to the full article.

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