May 09, 2013 by Bruce Jones, Programming Director, Disney Institute
Your corporate culture reflects the values of your organization. It is a way for potential candidates to identify their likelihood of success, and a way for the organization to optimize performance by maximizing the happiness of its employees.
Take for example Google’s quantitative approach to creating an environment that supports a highly productive corporate culture. In reviewing their data they found the impact of:
- The length of the lunch line. The optimal lunch line has a 3-4 minute wait. Any shorter and employees will not have enough time to meet new people, any longer and efficiency is sacrificed.
- Eating at longer lunch tables. A larger number of people at the same table exposes them to more opportunities to engage one another.
- A warm welcome. According to Laszlo Bock, who heads Google’s People Operations Department, if a new hires manager introduces themself and briefly explains how they will be working together, that new hire is 15% more productive in nine months.
These tactics are just a few of the ways companies can support the greater causes of employee engagement, employee recognition, and collaboration that Disney recognizes as absolutely essential to organizational culture.
What ideas do you have for engaging and recognizing employees? For collaboration? Share your best practices in the comments below!
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