Earlier today, I had the opportunity to introduce the first session in our “Block University” onboarding class. During the course, we share with new team members our history, mission, values, and walk through the core content of several books that have notably shaped our organization and workplace atmosphere.
Over many years, we just expected people to join and glean from the surrounding culture. In 2018, we came to the realization that culture is too critical to leave it to chance and people are too valuable to leave them guessing. Today’s first session was centered around the essence of culture. As I was sharing, rich atmospheric imagery came to mind.
”Culture is like the air around us, we don’t give it much attention when it’s healthy but it’s impossible to miss when it’s toxic.
As leaders, we play a central part in establishing the workplace atmosphere (culture) around us. Leaders lay the groundwork for what’s expected, what’s rewarded, and what won’t be tolerated. Each day, we have the opportunity to create and reinforce an environment where our teams can pursue their work while breathing deeply or where people are relegated to sabotage, to claw, to hide, to compete, and play games with those they’re intended to work WITH.
Three Powerful Catalysts to Developing a Healthy Workplace Atmosphere:
We discovered and defined this list by working with the team at Block Imaging over the last decade.
Pick one and try it today. Be a little more transparent, facilitate a crucial conversation between two team members, or drive home a value, behavior, or attitude that you’d like to see multiplied in the season ahead. Create and foster a healthy culture where team members can thrive!