Building a Culture Code
How do you define a company's culture? How can we avoid negative behavior in groups and encourage positive behavior? For many startups, the solution was simple: writing down in a document the values and behaviors that they wanted to be shared within the company. The name of this document: Culture Code.
Organize a dedicated meeting with your teams
The stated purpose of this meeting is to define the culture of the team or department. You can explain that you want the team to share the behaviors and values that each member wants to see in each other on a daily basis.
Find with your team 5-10 key values
Here is a list that you can use to inspire you:
Associate each value with one or more individual behaviors
You approach problems in a positive and optimistic way.
You avoid complaining.
You let others justify themselves, even if they are clearly wrong.
Come up with some ideas of actions you can implement that can be associated to each value
Congratulating someone once a day.
Sending an email to someone important to you.
Doing a "positive" act during the day (like buying someone coffee).
Write your Culture Code
Write values, behaviors and action ideas in slides. Share it with your company and with the outside world if you wish.
To inspire you, here is a non-exhaustive list of the culture codes of several startups.