How to Improve Your Company's Culture
BlueGrace is a freight and logistics service provider founded in 2007. Given the strong growth expectations for the freight and logistics industry, the company began franchising in January 2011. It currently has 20 franchised locations and four company stores in 12 states.
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Harris is a big proponent of good company culture. He believes it fosters positive work environments, which leads to employee retention and, of course, increased sales. BlueGrace even has a full-time culture coordinator who plans company events, potluck lunches and other initiatives as well as a community manager that manages all of its social media efforts. Combined they assist to keep a strong positive company culture, Harris says.
How do you define culture?
Harris: Culture means something different for everybody. Is it a family-run business? Is it a corporate-run business? For me, having culture doesn't mean it's a good thing because you can have a bad culture. Culture is almost interchangeable with the word spirit. We believe the way the world's evolving so quickly, especially in our industry, at the end of the day we can count on two things: our brand and our culture.
We do a lot of different things here even though we're growing very fast. We try and keep a small company feel.