Xelsion was about to double its headcount in a couple of months. We knew this had the potential to dilute the ethos we'd developed organically through the early days of the business. To help new hires understand what made Xelsion Xelsion we took the opportunity to document what we felt was important about our culture.
Once we'd written it we realised it wasn't just about helping orientate new employees. It gives everyone in the company, including founders, managers and shareholders a code to live by.
As a general document some of it is for new entrants to the workforce and some of it is for those moving into leadership roles. This makes some areas more relevant than others to different people. In cases it is only experience which can give meaning to the statements. In the absence of experience leaders offer their own to try to give this meaning.
It's very much a work in progress. Not everyone liked everything. But on the whole feedback is positive and when someone at the company a month can be heard to say "hey, I just learnt something while I was teaching you" it seems worthwhile.
What's your culture? Do comment and feel free to borrow and adapt from ours as we have from others.
With thanks to the Netflix culture deck, Mark Suster, Xelsion employees and many others for their influence and contribution.