So you haven’t been focusing on office culture – you’ve been focusing on keeping your head above water instead. That’s completely understandable, but now that you’re doing okay day to day, it’s time to think about forming a culture in your office. You want your employees to have company pride. Here are a few places to start when you’re thinking about finally getting that culture off the ground.


Cultures, outside and inside an office, are based on traditions. When you make something a regular event - a holiday party or a summer family day, for example - and do them consistently, you are building your company's culture. If you only make something a one-time effort, it may appear to be disingenuous, or fake. You don't want either of these feelings to occur in your office.  It can take years to build the culture in your office - reoccurring events that only happen once a year usually need a few years to prove themselves - but it will absolutely be worth it in the end. You're encouraging employees to like one another, and over time that like may become a deep affection for one's coworkers. That means they'll back each other up more and have better synergy, too.

Connect with Your Employees Personally

Pop that metaphorical bubble and start thinking that your employees are people. There’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be at the family days, the office parties, or even setting off fireworks in a parking lot. Even though you’re the boss, you’re no different than anyone else. You are just as human as they are. Act like it. Enjoy them, and they’ll enjoy having you as a boss. There’s nothing more that you could ask for. Remember – just because it’s crazy hair Friday and you’re the boss doesn’t mean you can’t come in with purple, spikey hair.