HR · 13 September 2018

How can micro businesses set the right tone for company culture from the start?

Alex Currie is HR director at GoCompare
Following the publication of?Real Business and Breathe HR’s SME Culture Leaders list, we asked the expert panel of judges what approach micro business owners should take to achieve the ultimate company culture.

Zoe Jervier, talent partner at EQT Ventures

Company culture in a very small business is essentially the founder who acts as the lynchpin.

it’s important for founders to be highly self-aware of the values and norms on display, most importantly those which come from their own actions they’re always on stage and what they do (or don’t do) becomes the culture.

Good founders will seek feedback and discussion around the culture to ensure it constantly evolves with the team and business.

Chris Dyer, founder and CEO of PeopleG2

The good news is, the smallest companies have the shortest line between two points: the owner/CEO, and the rest of the staff. Culture flows from the values demonstrated by the business leader. Once these are spelled out, the person at the top should request and receive buy-in from all employees, so that everyone is on board and moving in the same direction.

After all, great culture attracts great people. By great, I mean that, yes, they are outstanding at performing their jobs, but beyond that, they should also serve the culture. The nature of culture, while complex, is actually a bonus that helps companies perpetuate a positive workplace atmosphere.

People who believe in the organisation’s mission, vision and values work in concert with them.’so, recruiting and on-boarding new staff is important.



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Shan? Schutte is the deputy editor of Real Business, with a particular specialism in employment and business law, human resources, information technology and sales/marketing.