Over the last six months we “open-sourced” the Credera culture in a series called Life at Credera. Our goals were to share what we’ve learned, take action instead of promote theory, and provide specific examples on the experiences that have worked for us. 34 Credera employees contributed over different 40 points of view (POV) on variety of culture related topics.
We categorized the 40+ POVs into 6 key areas that capture Life at Credera:
Friendships & Fun
Talent & Character
What We Learned
Great company culture is not a formula. Culture flourishes when people choose to link arms and come together around a set of shared values. Evidence of what people really think and believe shows up during events (like our Fireside chats) and corporate traditions (like the Credera company trip or Service Day).
However, in our organization, culture is most evident and tangible in the daily, organic flow of people living their lives.
It grows during lunchtime breakroom discussions (by how people treat each other) and during challenging team meetings (when conflict is handled with humility and respect). It’s strengthened during difficult decisions to do the right thing (even if the outcome is lost revenue). Friendships are codified when working on challenging projects together and enhanced during competitive ping-pong games, or when the phrase “what can I do to help you?” is asked.
We also learned that our culture has opportunites for growth. For example, we need to get better at workplace diversity and hiring top talent at senior levels. We need to do a better job fostering a dynamic learning culture. Rather than canned training programs, we hope to provide every employee ample opportunities to develop professionally in the ways most suited to their specific learning style and speed. While the Life at Credera series may be complete, we will continue to work to improve our culture and share what we are learning along the way.
Below is a summary from the last six months. We hope these ideas and examples are a helpful resource for you.
Life at Credera Introduction: An Ongoing Pursuit by Justin Bell, Matt Levy
Friendships & Fun
A Glimpse into Career Growth at Credera by Morgan Eseke
Should We Have Friendships and Fun at Work? byTrent Sutton, Pete Gekas, Carlos Bernal
It’s All About People by Leslie Goth
The Value of Friendship at Work by Lauren King
Celebrating Together by Morgan Eseke
Morale is Contagious by Bernard Buentipo
OpenGive: Hacking for the Community by Allison Kingsley
Growth is Not a Strategy, It’s an Outcome by Rob Borrego
Credera Promotes Justin Bell to President by Morgan Eseke
Credera Promotes Jason Goth Partner Announcement by Morgan Eseke
Personal Growth is Essential by Zak Ahmed
How Performance Reviews Promote Learning and Career Growth by Briana Gentry
Training as Corporate Athletes by Morgan Eseke
Meaning Matters and Purpose is Essential at Work by David Dobat
The Best Project I Never Started and Never Finished by Bernard Buentipo
Credera’s Company Values Make for an Easy Sales Pitch by Caroline Blades
The Necessity of Project Management by Andy Baxter
Meaning in Our Work by Briana Gentry
Mallory Spell Honored with Credera’s Living the Core Values Award by Briana Gentry
A Workplace Full of Life by Andy Baxter
Can Companies Really Care About Their People, or is That Just Wishful Thinking? by Lauren King
We All Work for a Reason: Understanding Your Purpose by Alex Hibberd
Talent & Character
Building Character While Building the Company by Andrew Warden and Alex Moore
A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken by James McCreary
What Does “Setting the Bar High” Actually Mean? by Briana Gentry
Texas A&M and a Remarkable New Graduate Experience by Amanda Derman
Why Both Talent and Character Are Essential by Ricky Zorn
OpenGive: Making a Hackathon App a Success by Scott Stevenson
Leadership at Credera: Serving and Sharpening One Another by Justin Bell, Brendan McLean
The Brilliance is in Recovery: On Servant Leadership and Encouragement by Michael Gyarmathy
How to Build Your Character Through Technology by Chris Zayas
Leaders Move Others Forward by Maya El Dayeh
Redefining Work-Life Balance by Briana Gentry
Leadership Through Conversation: Lunch with New Hires & Leaders by Christian Buechel
The Most Important Leadership Skill on the Planet by Brock Hardman
The Curse of Knowledge by Carlos Rodriguez
In the Absence of Information, What Do People Do? by Rob Borrego
The Four Stages of Scrum Meetings by Luke Wilson
The Dreaded Group Project by Johna Rutz
3 Ways Credera Encourages Communication by Kevin Wheeler
I Know Kung Fu by Simon Saugier
Communication Makes Credera Work by Alyse White
Inviting Others In by Drew Allen
Thank you for journeying with us! Please reach out to us if we can be helpful to you.