Scott Thompson -
July 31, 2015
Five Tips for Launching a Great Company Culture
A startup founder might glance at the practices of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For and assume there's not much that applies to his or her startup. After all, these best companies often have tens of thousands of people, and big budgets allocated for culture and engagement. (Disclosure: I too was a little skeptical as I walked into the Great Place to Work® Conference for the first time.)
However, with three Great Place to Work® Conferences under my belt, I now know that there's a common theme across all of these great workplaces—one that transcends differences in headcounts and budget sizes: That the greatest companies are led by genuinely good people who treat the people in their organization like people
No matter how small or underfunded the startup, founders have all the resources they need to heed this lesson and set their companies on the path for greatness. Here are some places to start:
All of the examples above touch on uniquely human traits. As you shape your startup's culture, remind yourself that the people in your organization are people. As a fellow human, you might find that the right decision comes naturally to you.
Scott Thompson is a cofounder and partner at Stories Incorporated. As a result of working with growing, people-centric companies of all sizes, Scott has a unique perspective on preserving and scaling culture through storytelling. Scott has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.