employee engagement

7 Steps to Building a Family Culture at Your company

This post was originally published on gothamCulture’s blog. As a trusted partner of WeVue, gothamCulture works on identifying the underlying causes of organizational obstacles and assisting leaders to develop and execute breakthrough strategies that elevate their performance. One of the most common things I hear when talking to companies about their culture is, “our culture is like a family” OR “I want our culture to feel like a family.” Clients often cite examples of supporting sick coworkers and open communication, but are there deeper elements of a healthy family structure to consider? I decided to look at what really makes a successful family and apply those same principles to building a better company based on research from leading psychologists in the fields of marital stability, divorce prediction, and couples therapy. No one knows what a healthy family looks like better than psychologists John and Julie Gottman. Thirty-five years ago, the Gottmans founded the “Love Lab” at the University of Washington. At the “lab”, they brought couples into a fake bed and breakfast. Over the course of a weekend, they studied how the pair interacted and measured their physiological responses to the ways they communicated. They then went on to follow those same couples over the course of their relationships, studying how they continued to interact with each other through marriage, divorce, having children, and in some cases, as they approached death. After years of study, they found that with fifteen minutes of observation they could predict with 94% accuracy what the outcome […]

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Culture Chalk Talks: Engagement in an Escape Room


The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments.  The Escape Room We recently took our team to an escape room in Clearwater, Florida. A few months ago, we decided to start planning monthly culture outings. We’d use a Friday afternoon and do something that brings us closer as a team and inspires us come the following Monday morning. What better way for a group of software nerds to bond than over a bunch of puzzles inside of a locked room. The concept is simple. You’re locked in a room scattered with clues and given an hour to figure out how to escape. There are all sorts of objects in the room but no clear line of sight as to how they relate to one another. Once the timer starts ticking, it’s up to you to figure out how and where to focus your energy. You’re left with only a microphone and the ability to phone in for up to three clues. Once the clues are used up, you’re on your own. After escaping with 00:02 left on the clock, we left with a better understanding of our team […]

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