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Corporate Culture- What's that?

I often snare at the very mention of corporate culture. Why? It's because it's always one thing in writing and another once you become a part of the garden. You find yourself entangled in the weeds of that very mantra of HR. 

What is corporate culture? 
This is the definition given by Investopedia:
Corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company's employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions. Often, corporate culture is implied, not expressly defined, and develops organically over time from the cumulative traits of the people the company hires.

Another definition from www.inc.com is:
Corporate culture refers to the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature. Corporate culture is rooted in an organization's goals, strategies, structure, and approaches to labor, customers, investors, and the greater community.

Need another definition? Check out WhatIs.com:
Corporate culture is the pervasive values, beliefs and attitudes that characterize a company and guide its practices.

So... what's wrong with corporate culture nowadays? Some may say it's non-existent. Well, it does exist. It may very well be that the specific culture you're in the midst of isn't for you. It tugs on your morality, your inner peace, your own beliefs, values, and goals. 

The common terms used in many explanations of corporate or organizational culture is beliefs & attitudes. Beliefs and attitudes are attributed to and are specific to every individual. You may say 'to each his own' in this case. Most times it seems management "believes" they're hiring the right person because the person has a good "attitude" and they "believe" they'll always conform to whatever management demands. Soon after hiring, that believed attitude may take an opposite turn, thereby compromising the culture of the business. Perhaps it compromises the culture of the person. In either case, somewhere down the line the script gets flipped- for better, for worse. 

Take time to ensure you are planting yourself in the right culture. Take time to ensure you are creating the right culture. Take time to ensure you are maintaining a healthy culture for the sake of yourself, your employees, clients, and customers. Many corporations sow the seeds, but forget to tend and harvest.

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