5 Dimensions of Company Culture

by Aug 9, 2022

Company culture is like a flower garden. When you invest time and energy into nurturing the seeds, you’re bound to create a place where beautiful flowers will grow and thrive. 

You can also plant seeds and leave them to their own devices. You may grow some flowers, but you’ll also grow weeds that will likely take over.

Like the garden, company culture exists whether the organization is intentional about it or not. When organizations don’t make culture a part of their strategic initiatives, a negative culture can grow. 

Culture manifests through a multitude of things that go on in your organization. Through day-to-day interactions, processes, procedures and more, your cultural norms are established, and send  messages to employees on how they are expected to behave.  

Over the years of executing climate assessments and defining  company culture, we’ve found that culture can be broken down into five key dimensions, each with their own set of dichotomies: Job satisfaction, employee engagement, internal communication, inclusion and relationships. 

From manufacturing plants to hospitals to nonprofits and more, these five dimensions and their corresponding dichotomies are key to understanding your organization’s culture. 

Take a look at our list and mark where on each spectrum, or dichotomy, your organization falls. 

This exercise can tell you a lot about the team or company culture you’ve fostered, either intentionally or unintentionally. 

We also suggest taking the Five Dimensions of Culture to your team for discussion, as it provides some vernacular to lean on as you discuss culture and what it looks like in your team and organization as a whole.

And, use these buzzwords to communicate company culture in everything you do – recruiting, for example. Job candidates want to know what it’s like to work for you and how the culture can be described, and now you can deliver a clear and concise answer. After all, a 2022 Deloitte Global Gen Z and Millennial survey found that “Gen Zs and millennials are willing to turn down jobs and assignments which don’t align with their values.”

The more you ingrain company culture into everything you do, the more likely you’ll be to attract and retain employees that make your organization successful. 

Take the first step! 



Rebecca & The Civility Partners Team


P.S. We’re hosting a free webinar series for all interested in taking their culture forward (we assume that’s you if you’re still reading).

The series will run from September 14th to October 24th, and all four topics are focused on incorporating company culture into every nook and cranny of your organization. Here’s the link to register for one or all of them! 

About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

3 Reasons Your Hiring Process is Too Lengthy and How to Fix it

Hiring the right person is essential, but a drawn-out hiring process can harm your organization more than you might realize. Missed opportunities, decreased productivity, and losing top candidates to competitors are just a few of the costly consequences. While being...

5 Skills Your Managers Need (But Probably Don’t Have) to Effectively Interview Job Applicants

Did you know that 76% of hiring managers admit that attracting the right job candidates is their greatest challenge? Why? Because many managers lack key skills needed for effective interviewing. Culture matters to employees, but it’s just as crucial for hiring. Keep...

Concerned about discussions of opposing political views at work?

Election season is here, bringing with it a flood of discussions, debates, and distractions. Add global tensions dominating the news, and it's easy to see why employees might struggle to stay focused… especially if they have opposing views from their colleagues… and...

3 Savvy Ways to Spend Your Budget Surplus

It’s halfway through the year, and for some companies, the fiscal year is wrapping up, leaving them with an unexpected budget surplus.  While it might be tempting to funnel these extra funds into new equipment or throw after-hours parties, there's a more strategic...

Implicit Bias Training That Works

A significant barrier to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce is implicit bias. Implicit bias occurs when, for instance, you hear the word "engineer" and immediately assume it is a man, or hear "teacher" and assume it is a woman. Have you ever been guilty of...

Over 50% of Workers Now Value Balance and Belonging Over Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Yesterday, I came across research by Randstad and it really got me thinking about how much the workplace landscape is changing. This study included insights from 27,000 workers worldwide and what really caught my attention was that nearly half of the respondents—47%,...

Your Culture Matters as Much as Your Legal Compliance

Legal compliance serves as the bedrock of any organization. While it lays the foundation, a positive workplace culture breathes life into your organization. A strong, supportive culture fosters employee engagement, boosts morale, and enhances productivity.  This...

How We Create Respectful Work Cultures

For the past 15 years, we have been dedicated to transforming toxic workplace cultures and fostering positive environments through executive coaching, corporate training, and large-scale culture change projects. We’ve serviced over 250 clients and their thousands of...

42% of employees would QUIT over political disagreements

Is it appropriate to restrict employees from expressing their political views at work? On the one hand, you want people to feel free to express themselves. But then, you don't want those water cooler chats to turn into full-blown political showdowns. According to a...

Why Retaining Top Talent is More Difficult Than Ever

Finding and keeping great employees can be tough for companies all over. With changes in employee expectations, advancements in technology, and shifts in the job market, it's a real challenge. In 2019, a whopping 42 million U.S. workers alone said "so long" to their...