A healthy company culture is one of those things that every organization strives to achieve and every employee has come to expect. And for good reason. When it’s right, it’s magic: people feel better at work, they achieve more, and enjoy spending time with their colleagues. This helps the company reach their goals, innovate, recruit and retain more employees, and gain a competitive advantage. It’s a win-win.
Like most companies, we have had our ups and downs with finding (and holding on to) a thriving company culture. Over the 10 years the Iasi branch of Centric has been active, we have dealt with stressors that have tested the strength of our company culture: move to a new headquarters, changes in leadership, the growing pains of adding two new floors and reaching a 300-employee milestone, among other things. But nothing has tested our company culture quite like COVID.
Since the majority of our colleagues have been working remotely for almost a year now, we have had to adapt quickly in order to make sure we continue to support our colleagues in the best way possible, so that they can help create the best products possible for our customers. This has meant changes in how we communicate, how we engage in team activities, how we hold events, and how we learn and grow - basically, we have had to rethink how we all engage with our culture. This process has been a struggle at times, but it has given us the opportunity to dig deep, be creative, innovate, and come out stronger in the end.