Big topic. What is it? How do you create it?
I’ve said many times that dogs at work, flexible hours, open space and Beer Fridays do not constitute Agency Culture.
And, by the way, they’re not entitlements either.
I’ve worked in places that had real, true Agency Culture. The kind of place where everything clicks, we look forward to going to work, we enjoy our colleagues, and great creative is nurtured.
I’ve also worked in places that tried to create Agency Culture through zany meetings, meaningless accolades (usually for the same suck-ups – oops usual suspects), birthdays complete with festive cake, and yes, Beer Fridays.
We all have a job to do. And it should be in a place where you actually like the people you work with – and respect them.
I think a great Agency Culture comes from a place of mutual respect. From the top – down.
The rest just happens.