Culture, a concept most people would probably describe equally important as it is vague. Because albeit culture undoubtedly defines the atmosphere at a workplace, it is extremely hard to define what that really is, or what it consists of. Understanding the elements of a great work culture is much more than just a few beliefs and documented policies published on an intranet.
Over the last 20+ years or so, ‘work culture’ has been the rave in terms of organization and leadership literature. Just brows your LinkedIn and see what posts your network is promoting, we’ll bet many of them focus on culture as a key criterion for their organizational success. Speaking of culture is all fun and games until one must define what it is and actually identify what aspects of it that is healthy and what it affects in terms of job performance.
At Cupole our secret ingredient has nothing to do with fireworks, cool buzzwords or artificial intelligence, it’s as simple as being really thorough – combining scientific theory and data collection to guide all decision making concerning our People. You could say that we use hard data to manage and improve our soft capabilities. This approach is really time consuming and somewhat less ‘sexy’ (one could perhaps say it’s “the boring part”), although super important. Following through with this sort of approach is sort of a one-way street. Either you do it, or you don’t. And once you’re going down that road, there really isn’t any going back. That’s why so few really do it. Cause it’s not that fun in the short run – however it enables and increases the level of fun in the long run. It enables a great culture!
“In my mind I would say that engineers and psychologist have much more in common than people think. I guess that the mix of an engineering mindset with a logical and statistical approach to solving problems mixes really good with a psychologist focus increasing the human performance. Mixing logical result driven thinking with people focus therefore is a great fit for how we at Cupole try to build, maintain and develop our culture.”
– Kristoffer Frenkiel, lic. Psychologist and Head of People at Cupole
So to build a culture we love, we believe that science, data and a dash of pragmatism are great ways to improve everyday life at all work places. For us at least, culture is “the fun part” and we think it has a huge impact on our day to day. You’ve probably heard “our people is what make our company so great” before and other similar clichés – and here we’re no different. People is culture and culture is Cupole – so therefore we are our people and our people are super important for us to develop as an organization.
Our approach consists of recruiting great people and developing them in the right way. We’re sure that claiming this sort of approach isn’t unique – in fact, most companies say that they do so. But saying is one thing, doing is something completely different.