creating a business culture

One of the best parts about owning my own business is the ability to develop a company culture. When I was just a one woman show three years ago, the culture was self-directed. I listened to books on tape as I made jewelry. I took weekday field trips to museums once a month. I went running in the mornings before work.

However, as Jess LC has grown it has been a lot of fun to see how the company culture is developing around the tastes and interests of the girls who are working with me. Susie has brought an eclectic music mix which has had us listening to David Bowie, Girl Talk, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros (or “Edward Sissorhands and the Electric Shavers” as I tend to accidentally say), and a plethora of 80’s pop singles. I can honestly say my music appreciation and awareness has expanded tenfold because of our dear jewelry maker.

Then Melissa came. She brought the baked goods. Her Betty Crocker skills are much appreciated and have since spurred us all to start baking more on our nights and weekends. Below is a little compilation of what we’ve been cookin’ up – and eating – over the past two months. This new work trend has now created a “pie o’clock break” tradition which occurs at exactly 2:30 each afternoon.

Another recent trend addiction is our love of You Tube videos. Our favorites include:

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” Literal Version
Drunk History with Michael Cera
Drunk History with Jack Black
Drunk History with Will Ferrell
David Hasselhoff singing “Hooked on a Feeling”

We also melt at any sign of Kingsley on The Rockstar Diaries and crack up at any picture on Awkward Family Photos.

Overall, the culture continues to develop and deepen in new and very enjoyable ways. I think the culture itself has been one of the most rewarding parts of being self-employed. I encourage anyone who is thinking about starting their own business to take advantage of the chance to cultivate a fun and personal atmosphere.

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  1. Gina

    “Pie o’clock?” that is my kind of company culture!

  2. Adrienne

    This is such a great idea. I think all businesses could benefit from this idea because it eases stress and makes work fun. Plus Melissa’s whoopie pies look so yummy!

  3. Kendi

    I think it’s official — every small business needs a Melissa.

  4. Miss E

    How fun that the culture evolves with each new member! Also, I could spend hours watching Drunk History videos on YouTube. Hilarious 🙂

  5. yvonne

    It’s just mean to post such yumminess without providing links to recipes!! 😛 Those coconut cakeballs are calling my name.

  6. David

    It is strange that your blog has not caught me before, thanks for the article.Cool.

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