Getting culture right from the day an entrepreneur starts his or her company is the largest determinant of long-term success. Twitter logo When I talk with entrepreneurs and business leaders, I ask them what values and principles they're going to lead with. If you don't set those values up front, the environment around you will define it, and you may not end up with something you like.
One surprise from our recent ranking of the Best Workplaces for Flexibility was the nature of most companies on the list. Of the 50 winning organizations, more than half do businesses in information technology, professional services and finance – fields where long hours and career ambition often go hand in hand. These organizations aren't just instructive for the benefits they use to promote work-life balance, they also showcase cultures where driven professionals feel comfortable using them.
The landscape of business is changing. Everyone in an HR or people function knows it. By 2020, the U.S. will have 1.5 million too few workers with college or graduate degrees and fifty-six percent of U.S. employers believe this talent shortage has a medium to high impact on their ability to meet client needs.