The tech industry is coming to the realization that taking care of people and building a culture that sustains and develops them is a key to improving employee performance and productivity. Ignore the people that are doing work for you and they will go away.
People are talking about culture:
What does culture mean?
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines culture as:
- The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
- The ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society.
- The cultivation of bacteria, tissue cells, etc. in an artificial medium containing nutrients.
- The cultivation of plants.
Additionally, the OED describes the origin of the word:
My sense is that culture is something to be nurtured, or as the OED describes, cultivated. Culture isn't something that appears spontaneously, but develops over time as people interact with each other. It also evolves as the needs of the organization change.
The future of culture depends on how people choose to interact with one another. As organizational structures flatten and traditional power structures dissolve, new forms will emerge that reflect how we connect to the people, customers, businesses, or institutions with which we relate.
How will the organizations of the present inform how our culture will evolve into the future?