How to Build a Strong Company Culture

By Guest Post
November 28, 2018

Coworking spaces have many advantages: Great design, inclusive services, and flexibility as your team grows; however, as you are working to your build your company, being in a shared space can make it challenging to build a coherent team culture. Far from being an “extra” or a “perk,” a strong team culture is essential for employee recruitment, engagement, and retention as your company scales.

In order to ensure that you create a sustainable, scalable company culture be sure you have these elements in place:

Start with your mission and values

To have a lasting impact, workplace culture and cultural initiatives must be guided by a company’s mission and values. If your company doesn’t already have a mission or set of values, work with your leadership team to define them.

Your mission statement is a short, written statement about your company’s goals, philosophy, function, markets, and competitive advantage—it’s supported by your values. These guide how you implement that mission and navigate ambiguity by defining what is most important to your company.

Having a well-defined mission and values will help your team know their purpose and vision, even if you are in a space with many other companies. To keep your mission front of mind, if you have a private office within your coworking space, you could create a poster with your mission and values to post on the wall, or find a way to highlight them in your group chat or team meetings.

Be deliberate about community building events and team recognition

Coworking spaces are popular in part because they provide amenities, whether it’s free coffee, beer on tap, or networking and community events; however, planning your own events and creating company traditions can help form the basis of your unique company culture; one that’s separate from your coworking space.

Create regular opportunities for team members to connect with each other outside of your office. These can be guided by your mission and values and could include a regular weekly coffee break or team meal, a monthly happy hour, or an annual day of volunteering.

In addition, make sure your team feels connected to each other by regularly highlighting employee accomplishments and contributions. Create time during team meetings for shout outs and appreciation, make a plan for how you celebrate team birthdays and anniversaries, and create branded employee gifts that also contribute to a sense of identity.

Collect ideas and feedback from your team

Creating culture should be a collective effort. A strong culture is responsive to employee interests and ideas because when your colleagues feel heard, they are more likely to engage with your culture and feel like they’re part of the team.  

Even if your team is small, work together to get them engaged in the culture-building process. In order to do so you can:

- Solicit ideas for culture building in team meetings or via a quarterly culture survey to learn more about your team

- Form a “culture committee” with representatives from different departments, in order to get team input, and help with planning cultural activities

No matter your company’s size or phase, a strong culture is crucial to creating a great employee experience and attracting and retaining top talent. To help you create a coherent company culture, Managed by Q created a free guide, “Creating a Great Company Culture,” based on our experience working with thousands of companies across the United States and helping them to build great places to work. Download your copy for detailed guidance on building a company culture your team loves, no matter where your office is located or how you plan to scale.

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Phone-based systems are not just a small-business solution. CEO of Kisi, Bernhard Mehl, comments: “If you see the average of three doors connected then that might seem low but, in reality, one door relates to around 50 employees—so those are locations with about 150 people on average, including satellite offices. That’s quite significant.”

Mobile Access Control Adoption by Industry

Kisi examined which industries are investing the most in mobile access control technology. To do so, the average size of mobile access control installation projects by industry were measured. Commercial real estate topped the list with 23.5 doors running mobile access per facility. Education management came in last with 1.0 door running mobile access per facility. 

Physical Security Statistics: Mobile Access by Industry


The number of shooting incidents at K-12 schools, according to the CHDS, reached an all-time high at 97 incidents in 2018—compared to 44 in 2017. Cloud-based access control companies, like Kisi, offer a lockdown feature for active shooter situations or emergencies, making it an effective protective layer for places that are targeted, such as religious institutions, which come in near the top of the list with 4.0 doors running mobile access per facility. 

Based on industry size, it makes sense that commercial real estate tops the list, with 23.5 doors running mobile access per facility. Cloud-based access control enables these larger organizations to scale more seamlessly and allows large organizations, like telecommunications, to deploy the most manageable IT solutions available, eliminating the need to create and manage a business’s own IT infrastructure over time.

“Commercial real estate is, of course, the driver of mobile adoption since they have the largest buildings,” Mehl adds. “The key here is to show that mobile-first technologies are not a risk but an innovation that brings positive ROI and allows agencies to reposition their buildings as forward-thinking establishments.”

The scalabelilty and ease of use in onboarding an organization allows many different types of industries and businesses of different sizes to adapt a cloud-based access control system, either using keycard or mobile credentials for access. 


Mobile Access Control by State

Looking specifically at the United States, Kisi analyzed in which states companies are investing the most into upgrading to smartphone-enabled access systems. Of the currently installed base of access control readers, around 20 percent will be mobile capable by 2022, according to a recent IHS report. Cloud-based systems, like Kisi, are future-proof—allowing over-the-air updates in real time and unlimited scalability for users.


“Mobile unlock technology makes you think of the major tech hubs like New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles,” Mehl adds. “Looking at which states have the largest projects, it’s surprising and refreshing that those are not the typical ‘tech cities, and yet that’s where access control technology really makes an impact.” The fact that the largest projects are seen in states outside of the typical tech startup landscape is evidence that mobile access control is highly applicable across industry sectors.


For further questions about this study, reach out to Kait Hobson (kait@getkisi.com)

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