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cta-organization-culture-surveyAn organization’s culture consists of the values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that employees share and use on a daily basis in their work. The organization culture determines how employees describe where they work, how they understand the business, and how they see themselves as part of the organization. Culture is also a driver of decisions, actions, and ultimately the overall performance of the organization.

How would employees describe the culture of your organization?


Some of the common positive attributes we hear are:

  • This is a fun place to work.
  • We are results oriented.
  • Everyone here cares about each other.
  • This is a great place to learn and grow.

Conversely, here are a few of the negative descriptions we hear from employees at some organizations:

  • You can’t speak up without fear of retribution.
  • I don’t feel trusted to do my job.
  • We work in silos.
  • I don’t see how my work contributes to the overall goals of the company.

Employee Experience-Team Meeting

Cultures are either created organically or through deliberate and consistent planning and action. The best organizations understand their culture and take careful steps to manage and promote it effectively. One of the ways organizations begin to manage their culture is to gather feedback from employees to see how aligned they are with the current and/or desired culture. A good way to do this is to define the desired cultural attributes and then measure them through an employee survey.

Here are 12 attributes to evaluate your organization culture:


  1. Respect/Fairness
  2. Trust/Integrity
  3. Change/Adaptability
  4. Results Orientation
  5. Teamwork
  6. Employee Engagement
  7. Responsibility/Accountability
  8. Learning Opportunities
  9. Meaning/Purpose
  10. Communication
  11. Decision Making
  12. Goals/Strategy

Each of these attributes includes three to five items that define the attribute in more detail and provide more insight into how the culture works. Once you have your survey results, decide what attributes you want to keep and leverage and develop a strategy to eliminate those that are toxic. This is the first step to getting employees aligned with a culture that will drive success.

Have more attributes to add to the list? Please share in the comments.


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Charles Rogel
Charles Rogel

Charles is the Vice President of Products and Marketing at DecisionWise. He has an extensive background in international sales and consulting. Prior to DecisionWise, he worked for over 10 years in Sales and Marketing roles at various software companies, including Modus Media International, Parlant Technology, and Plato learning. View Bio

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  • Hi Ariston, Startup founders are usually so busy building their companies and improving their products that they underestimate the value of company culture. Company culture is not just about office game rooms, free snacks or casual Friday. It’s about how your team works together. It’s what your team believes in and what they value the most. In order for your team to collaborate effectively, you need to build a strong company culture.

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