Building and Maintaining Workplace Culture

Building and Maintaining Workplace Culture
Workplace culture can be quite a daunting task. While some companies can support a position dedicated to culture, many don’t have the size or resources to do so. That doesn’t mean that fostering a healthy culture isn’t possible, we spoke with Brianna Oliverius, Culture Coordinator at Sunrise Banks, to get some tips about company culture.
What does a typical day look like for you? Is there such thing as a “typical day” for you? 
I don’t have a typical day here at Sunrise. Each day is a bit different depending on what’s going on. A lot of my days are spent: with new employees, visiting branches, catching up on administration work, planning for a major event, or just celebrating our employees. 
What is the biggest challenge that faces you as a culture coordinator? 
I think the biggest challenge that I face as the Culture Coordinator here at Sunrise is ensure that the employees’ voice is heard as well as that each of our locations feels connected. We relocated a lot of employees into our new headquarters, bet even still the separation is a challenge. 
What would you say is the most fun/your favorite part of your job? 
I would say the best part of my job is getting to know the employees. I am able to build a connection with each employee. With that being said I am probably one of if not the only employee that knows almost everyone else at Sunrise. My second favorite part of my job is getting to see an event that you have taken a lot of time planning in action and seeing the employees respond to all the hard work put into the event. 
What tips would you give to someone who is building/in charge of the culture at their workplace? 
Take time to get to know the employees. Let them talk to you, build a trusting relationship with them. However, remember that having a great culture is also making sure the employees voice is heard and that they feel a part of something great. If an employee respects their leaders and the company they work for, it is going to drive the culture within the organization and make it great!
In your opinion, what is the most important part of maintaining a company culture? 
I think one of the most important parts is having the open communication with the employees. As well as treating employees as a name and not a number. I know it makes me proud knowing that our executives here at Sunrise truly take the time to get to know employees and their names. 
What helps a culture thrive? 
Leadership. If culture is important to the leadership and they take the time and understand the importance of putting energy and resources into to the day to day experience their employees have, they will see happy/efficient employees who are proud to be a part of the company they work for. 
Hopefully you can apply or relate to these tips in your workplace. Culture doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen because of one person. It is a team effort and requires input from the top to the bottom of an organization.