An HR litmus test for detecting jerks
This is no joke. At the California advertising agency RPA, there's actually quite a few road blocks --and safeguards -- in the human resources department to prevent someone from being hired if he or she will not play well with others. This agency has structured itself around a collaborative and open culture that has a policy to prevent the wrong toxic hire.
In this interview, iMedia's David Zaleski speaks with Mike Margolin, SVP and director of audience strategy at RVP, about this workplace hiring practice and why other companies might want to follow suit.
Free healthy beverages and snacks for employees
This is sort of a no-brainer. If you want your employees to feel like humans, at the very least, the workplace should provide some basic food and beverage options. And don't skimp by just buying the cheap stuff at Costco. Adults like to stay healthy and eat like grown-ups. Go for the Vitamin Water over the soda, and the organic options over the processed ones. This is a simple and tasty way to instantly improve morale.
Pets and kids are a welcome addition in the office
The workplace should not be a sterile environment that treats employees like robots who have no lives. Everybody has their own personal life outside of work. Why not accommodate it a little at the office? Allow your employees to bring house-broken pets and kids (in moderation) to work, and you'll be surprised how lively things will get. Every company needs a little life and humanity injected into it from time to time.
Monica Bannan, VP of global product leadership at Nielsen, and Adam Gerber, VP of sales development and marketing at ABC Television Networks, speak to iMedia's David Zaleski about why these workplace practices are important to keeping workers well-balanced and healthy.
Empower employees by giving them the choice -- cubicles or offices?
Everyone is different, and at Coca-Cola that fact is understood. It's why the iconic brand does not have a one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to its working environment. Let's face it, some people work better in an open, collaborative office setup, while some excel better when they are in solitude. This brand empowers its employees to make their own choices, with regards to their working conditions.
Brynn Bardacke, global group creative director at Coca-Cola, speaks with Crowdtap's Ian Tenenbaum about why having a nuanced approach to each employee's needs is a crucial element of a happy workplace.
A judgment free work from home policy
Ah yes, the great "work from home debate." Yahoo started this conversation in the mainstream when they implemented a company policy banning the practice. However, in today's highly connected digital world, it's not a challenge to run an office -- or team -- remotely. It just depends on what management thinks is best for their culture. Some teams (such as creative teams) should probably brainstorm together in person. However, there are many teams that would accomplish goals just fine remotely.
Zero tolerance for intolerance
Do religion or personal opinions affect the goals of a company? Usually not, so it should not be subjected to ridicule or judgment. HR departments already have rules about this, but it's up to the boots-on-the-ground managers to be vigilant with enforcement. Employees should not be afraid to give their opinion for fear of retribution. Managers need solid office policies to prevent this on a daily basis.
Bernie Su, executive producer, writer, and director of the Emmy winning web series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," speaks to iMedia's David Zaleski about the work from home debate, and why open mindedness is another key factor in a happy office environment.
Casual dress days are alive and well
Who doesn't love going to work comfortable? If you work in an office that doesn't have some sort of flexibility when it comes to your attire, you're missing out. Getting to wear jeans and lose clothing at the end of the week is important to employees. Just don't go too casual. Leave the sandals at home.
Dina Marovich, SVP of media and interactive marketing at Paramount Home Media Distribution, speaks to iMedia about why this workplace practice is her personal favorite and should not be ignored within a company's culture.
Allocation of actual money toward company culture
Many companies say that they value company culture, but who's actually coughing up the dough to prove it? Very few companies actually invest hard earned money into creating and maintaining a positive company culture. Money can buy certain retreats, outings, and supplies that will make your people happier. Prove to your crew that you are putting your money where your mouth is and they will want to come to work, not be dragged into it.
James Veraldi, SVP of business development and strategy at Fullscreen, Inc., speaks with iMedia about why allocating real funds toward company culture is a vital step in showing that you care.
Continued education policy for employees
Not everyone starts a job knowing how to do it perfectly. And at the advertising agency Fred & Associates, this is understood. The company takes steps to ensure its employees are constantly being educated, not only about their own careers, but about the roles of everyone else in the agency.
iMedia speaks to Jen Brady, CEO and founder of Fred & Associates, about why continued education is a vital part of its company culture.
Article written by Associate Media Producer David Zaleski.
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