Corporate Culture - More Than A Definition

The Business Dictionary defines corporate/organizational culture as “values and behaviors [sic] that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization”. Although this definition seems to be rather banal, it is important to have a culture that employees can identify with and truly be a part of. When this happens, you have people that want to be with the company as much as the company wants to keep the people.

Vigilant Management is a textbook example of this kind of culture. Optimism, positivity, and confidence are all free-flowing in each and every Vigilant employee. This results in a work environment that is always friendly; everyone can openly speak their minds, chat about their day, and essentially “hang-out” at work. That being said, the work always gets done and it gets done well. That’s the beauty of the results-oriented work environment that we employ; you can get stuff done and have fun while doing it.

I’ve only been here for about two months, but I can honestly say that I love working at Vigilant. From the work itself, to the people, even to the orange-motif of the office; everything is great. The freedom to self-regulate and work in a way that you feel is the most effective and efficient creates a refreshing conscience that resonates throughout the office. Everyone feels the same way; and that just makes the culture even stronger.

All of us here can effectively say that we’re on a team. We strive towards the same goals, never afraid to assist one another or give advice when it’s needed. Regardless of our background, education, or position with the company, we’re all teammates with the goal of making our company succeed. It’s one thing to preach this sort of “corporate mantra,” but it’s another to actually see it taking place day-in and day-out; especially when it occurs organically and instinctively. To paraphrase Jim Collins in his novel Good to Great, when you have the right people on the bus, and in the right seats, these sorts of things happen naturally!

A good corporate culture has everyone in the same book; a great one has everyone on the same page. There’s a big difference between a “team bonding activity” and going out with your coworkers to a movie on a Tuesday night. That second example seems like an activity you would do with your friends, does it not? Well, that’s the kind of thing that we do here at Vigilant; we do great work, we do it efficiently, but most importantly, we do it as a team. The Vigilant Team.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this (or even a bit of it), and hopefully you got at least a hint of the culture that exists at Vigilant. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at sheldon@vigilantmanagement.ca, or tweet to us @Vigilant_PM – I’ll be in touch!

-Sheldon