#TorontoHR professionals agree that culture is more than fun at work
This morning we welcomed HR professionals back for another terrific #TorontoHR meetup. This time the event was held at the inspiring Ryerson University startup incubator lab, The DMZ. With HR professionals innovating their department and responsibilities within their workplaces, the venue couldn’t have been more appropriate.
Today’s agenda was focused squarely on culture in the workplace. Specifically how to reinforce standards of behaviour, how to build employee experiences that reflect values and purpose, and even touching on who in an organization is in charge of culture.
The majority of HR professionals who attended today’s event agreed that culture is an overused and often misunderstood word. And that's precisely why we assembled a panel of amazing speakers who spend a big part of their day not only thinking about culture but bringing it to life to drive performance. Here are a few highlights from their sessions:
- Pam Ross, Culture Catalyst and Consultant, started the morning off with a thoughtful quote on creating culture stating, “a human culture will win the future”. She explained that employee experiences should reflect the values and purpose the organization stands for, and creating a culture that allows employees to feel like they are truly contributing to the organization’s success.
- Céline Williams, Culture Engineer at BolsterLife, followed with a simple message: no single person is solely responsible for culture. Employees will innovate and do their best work when they feel truly connected to their organization.
- Travis Dutka, Culture Curator at 360insights, ended the session talking about the importance of being intentional about your actions and how it impacts culture. He said too many companies focus on the ‘fruits of culture’ like free lunches and going for drinks after work, rather than the “roots” which are really about consistently modelling the behaviours that drive performance for your business. He gave the example that nobody wants to go for a drink with somebody they don't like.
In summary, it’s important to note that culture is more than ping pong tables and beer fridges (although, we do have both). You work hard to create a meaningful, human work environment because it drives performance and attracts talent for the business. However, in order to do this, you need to have modern approaches to facilitate experiences in your workplace.
This acts as a perfect segway to the next #TorontoHR meetup topic on September 21. We’ll be discussing the challenges of wearing many hats as an HR professional such as determining what to prioritize, who to hire first, and how to use data so you're making the right decisions and getting your projects funded. Save your seat now by clicking below!