I founded Caras Consulting in 2017 with a vision to create awesome workplaces. I’ve always been a firm believer that the place where people spend most of their waking hours should be more than just a means to get a pay cheque. It should, and can be, a place that people look forward to everyday. A place that people enjoy going to, where they build lifelong friends, and where they can bring their whole and true self, doing what they love every single day.
I’ve worked in awesome places and some not-so-awesome places, and about half that time was as an HR practitioner. So, I know a thing or two about what makes a workplace awe-inspiring and crave-worthy. And guess what? It’s not about the free food, the pool table or the napping pods. Because while those things are great, they don’t define the culture of the place.
No, what makes a workplace awesome is the leaders that reside at the top. I’ve seen it time and time again. When the leaders at the top create a collegial, “unpolitical”, high-performing and focused environment, the rest of the company behaves that way. And when everyone comes in to do a good job, and has the right support for it, you have a culture of excellence and, ultimately, total and complete awesomeness.
Culture is the backdrop of any successful organization. Some of the top companies in the world drive high performance because that’s the culture their leaders have created. That’s why I believe that regular cultural assessments are crucial to spotting cracks in an awesome workplace before they take hold. Years of neglect can deteriorate a culture and you don’t have to look far to see examples of this. When the founder of a great company retires or passes away, and new executives come onboard with a different, money-focused agenda, the culture takes a different turn. And it’s rarely for the better.
Which brings me to my next point. When you’ve worked hard to create an awesome workplace, you need every single hire to support that culture. Most especially the senior-most executives. That’s why onboarding executives the right way is especially important. And if you’re an executive, you want to make sure you’re doing things in a way that is supportive to and bolstering the company you’re joining. You want to inspire, motivate and lead people and in order to do that, you have to set a solid foundation in the first few weeks of your appointment.
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