The top thing people love about their jobs is the people. We work with our colleagues every day and rely on them for support, so it really isn't much of a surprise that peers make such a different in our workday. We got to chat with Dani from Ocean Design Group to hear about their people-first organizational culture.
Q: Tell us a little about your company and its culture.
A: I love that our culture is all about the people — helping each other and our clients to achieve greatness.
Q: What's one thing your company practices that sets its culture apart from everyone else's?
A: Our caring, understanding, and thoughtful nature. The balance between work and play is just right. People are treated like human beings. The support that is given to individuals and teams means that you have a second family behind you.
Q: What advice can you give to organizations seeking to close the communication gap?
A: Develop a good rhythm of quick daily and weekly catch-ups with your teams. Then also have great project huddles with clear focuses.
Q: What's the most common mistake you see companies making with employee onboarding, and how does your organization succeed at the process?
A: Thinking that there is a problem with reinventing the wheel. Having everyone's induction process tailored to them is important and makes the inductee feel important. Make the effort to get to know the new person starting as much as you can before they start in order to to work out how they like to work, and surprise them things tailored to them specifically.
Q: What was your favorite Cheers you've ever received?
A: Someone that recognized a lot of things that I had thought went unnoticed.
Q: How does your organization help your employees recharge or maintain morale?
A: Great work-life balance and flexible working hours. We are encouraged and provided with the means to work from here, there, and anywhere.
Q: What was the most important or impactful employee feedback you've ever received? And why did it make such a difference?
A: Support when things weren't going so smoothly. It showed true faith and proved we were all working towards a shared goal and vision.
Q: What's the one piece of advice you have for any organization or leader out there?
A: Celebrate people getting stuff done even if it wasn't how you expected. Better it be started and then developed from than never started at all.