#82 - What do companies mean by culture? | Curio

#82 - What do companies mean by culture?

22 mins | Oct 28, 2021

Today's episode from 28th October 2021. We're discussing two aspects of work this morning. The first is all about the business buzzwords that corporations use to describe their culture. Do words like "supportive", "curious" and "unafraid" actually mean anything, and how do they connect with what culture actually is? Then later, are you an early bird or a night owl? We hear the compelling case for letting people choose their own work start times. In our current pursuit of work/life balance, job seekers are particularly interested in a company's culture. Banking on this, companies are quick to tout benefits like catered dinners, free beer, or half-days. But do any of these things actually connect them with what 'culture' is? From the Scientific American, Krystal D'Costa, an anthropologist working in digital media, critically examines the various types of corporate culture and what the "buzzwords" could mean for you. Before the pandemic, working life trapped many people in an ill-fitting, one-size-fits-all schedule. From the Financial Times, Simon Kuper argues that to create a truly productive workforce, research shows that people choose their own start times whenever possible. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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