Good Culture, Good Party.

I’ve said over and over again that creating a great corporate culture isn’t about throwing a party. If your culture stinks and you throw a party there’s a good chance your party is going to stink too.

BUT when you have an awesome culture already your parties are going to reflect that. This year at our 80’s themed holiday bash twelve employees surprised us with a Thriller flash mob.

Being a culture geek I instantly started dissecting the flash mob and here’s what I came up with:

  • No one asked these employees to get together to do this. They thought it would be fun so they did it. My favorite saying is that culture grows from the ground up but can be crushed from the top down. This is the perfect example of how our company allows culture to be facilitated by our employees.
  • These employees are being goofy and crazy….they are being themselves. Because we don’t ask our employees to compartmentalize their professional and personal ‘selves’ when they come to work they aren’t afraid to show their personalities in the office and, thus, aren’t afraid to show their personalities outside the office. If you ask your employees to be uptight and reserved in the office they are going to be the same way at parties, happy hours, company softball games, etc.
  • There are twelve employees in this mob and, without them being aware of it at all, there is at least one person from every division of the company represented. When I realized this it felt awesome because leadership works hard to make sure our employees are integrated across the board. They work hard to knock down silos and to help employees foster friendships across the company. Because of these efforts we have people who play together really well…not surprisingly, they also work together really well.

Needless to say, I’m psyched about the entertainment portion of our holiday party!

Editors Note: When it comes to her professional life, Marisa Keegan is passionate about three things; employee engagement, employee advocacy, and corporate culture. Her goal is to help business leaders understand the importance of giving their employees a voice. Since leaving her position as Culture Maven at Rackspace, she has joined Modea, a digital services agency, and is helping them shape their Talent Management Strategy. Both of these companies have been nationally recognized as great places to work. 

About Marisa

Marisa Keegan is a leadership coach, trainer, and HR consultant for quickly growing organizations who are passionate about strengthening their employees, their brand, and their culture. She has helped lead the HR, culture, and engagement initiatives at two nationally recognized great places to work; Rackspace as Culture Maven and Modea as Talent Manger. She is an author at Fistful of Talent and Culture Fanatics. Marisa has her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and currently lives with her husband and twin boys in Richmond, Virginia.
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