Corporate culture is always important, but it’s become more of a recent topic amongst growing companies looking to keep their team happy, and employee turnover to a minimum. Without a positive corporate culture, many employees will struggle to find the real value in their work, which could lead to negative consequences. Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates (CRA Architects) has always strived to keep a strong company culture. Our progressive approach to management has earned us recognition as one of the “Best Firms to Work For 2018” presented by the Zweig Group. This award recognizes top architecture and engineering firms in the United States and Canada.
Benefits of a Strong Culture
According to Forbes Magazine, there are three benefits to having a strong, unified company culture underlying your business’s operations:
Identity. For starters, culture contributes to the identify and values of your company. For example, if your corporate culture is one that prioritizes setting and meeting goals, your individual workers will be more likely to set and meet goals of their own. It’s a good way to maintain the direction of your employees, and without it, it’s hard to keep your company’s values clear.
Retention. A strong company culture attracts better talent and, more importantly, maintains that talent. When people feel like they belong to an organization, they’re more likely to stick around. That means lower turnover, fewer new hires to deal with, and better harmony among your team.
Image. Corporate culture also adds to your brand identity. If you treat your employees well and have a fun-loving corporate atmosphere, your clients will see you as a fun-loving, generous brand.
In an effort to keep the corporate atmosphere a positive one, CRA employees can participate in the many fun activities throughout the year.
Pet dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs can be seen in workplaces with increasing frequency. Studies have shown that having dogs in the workplace may help reduce stress and can even cause employees to work harder and be more productive. Our office welcomes our employee’s canine friends, creating an environment that is happy, comfortable, open, and flexible.
Field Day & Corn Hole Tournament
CRA holds an annual Corn Hole Tournament, and a Field Day, complete with games, rivalry, beer, and lots of laughs. These friendly competitions are full of team bonding, and are a great break from the routine.
Disclaimer: John Beddia did, in fact, beat Randy Davis in the donut eating contest.
Hershey Park Day
Each summer, CRA Architects holds an Employee Appreciation Day at Hershey Park, where employees and their families are able to take time off of work to enjoy a day at the park. Many employees look forward to this day, and so do the kids!
Our employees are encouraged to bring in their children to participate in our Halloween Parade every October. The kiddos get to dress up in their costumes, and there is no shortage of candy!
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