In this article, we'll talk about the things we do at AirCTO to build an extraordinary team culture.

A company that doesn’t understand its own culture is like a person without an identity. Over the past 3 years we have developed certain values that everyone in our team strives for. Our culture is made up of these core values.

This has greatly helped us to reach new milestones and in collectively growing as a team.

Today, in this article I wanted to share few of the ways we have used to build a great Team Culture at AirCTO:

1. Get Traditional

Unique traditions help people within a team share their collective identity. We follow a couple of them at AirCTO, for example, every month the person who has his/her birthday sponsors for a lunch or a dinner for the whole team. We also never forget to celebrate our employee's birthday by cutting a cake.

Birthday Celebration

This might sound silly but it’s quite useful in team bonding. The whole team spends at least 30-40 min in debating on the place to go. It’s especially useful for any new team member to feel like one family.

2. Celebrating small achievements

At AirCTO, we celebrate every achievement be it small or big with great zeal. This greatly helps in increasing the motivation and the confidence of the employees.

One such example :) 

A study from Talkspace proves the same. They did a research -  

Our researchers analysed nearly 12,000 diary entries from 238 employees across seven companies. They found that capturing small wins every day enhances a worker’s motivation.

3. Activities

Activities help bring teams together.  This is not only limited to outdoor activities, but indoor too. There are many activities we do at AirCTO which helps the team gel together. I’ll tell about a few here:

Foosball

Foosball Match in progress 

We play Foosball almost every day at office. This not only help employees relax but in knowing each other better. Moreover physical activity releases endorphins, combats stress, and boosts happiness for most people.

Fun Fridays

We keep aside one hour every Friday to play some game. These games are mostly indoors, for example draw charades, cricket, foosball etc.

Indoor Cricket Match 

Knowledge Sharing

Every month we all sit together once to discuss our learnings and the difficulties we faced in the last 30 days. This helps everyone to stay on track and encourages healthy discussion. The discussion doesn’t have to be only about the company.

4. Passion & Self accountability

Working for a startup is completely different when compared to a corporate job. While there are pros and cons for both, it’s important that one knows what it takes to work at a startup.

Our Data Scientist, Indrajith at work

Hence, whenever we hire at AirCTO, we check if the person is culturally fit or not, irrespective of his skills and knowledge.

Few things we check is, if the person is passionate & self-motivated for the role or not. To be good at anything in life or in any organisation, one needs to have passion about their work. Also, it’s important for individuals to take up ownership of their work & to make sure it’s completed within the stipulated time frame.

We encourage daily stand-ups for all the team members. This helps us to plan for the day which leads to larger weekly goals to achieve milestones. This also helps us to know what other team members are working on and if they would need any specific team member when they are stuck on a specific day. We use Steer – it helps to manage daily stand-ups as well as pulse of the team.

5. Transparency

Transparency is something which fosters Employee Engagement.

According to Glassdoor, 90% of job seekers say that it's important to work for a company that embraces transparency.

We at AirCTO try to be as transparent as possible. There’s no point in promising the employees something that is impossible to achieve in the future.

The same goes with expectations. We do encourage innovation and creativity but we don’t expect something which is unrealistic.

Final thoughts

Company culture is an evolving process and it keeps updating itself as the people within the organisation cultivate new ideas and process which goes on to become culture.

Companies need to offer trust, not toys – which we believe, it doesn't cost anything :)

You don't need retreats and ping pong tables at work to build team culture. It can be done if all the team members are true to the company values.

Hope you find the article useful. Do share your thoughts.