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The Role of Culture in the Workplace

Business and community leaders from around the area gathered to learn how to support a healthy workplace culture.

That was the topic of the most recent Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s general membership luncheon.

A panel discussion led by Nicki Anderson brought three local leaders to the table to discuss how culture can improve businesses and not-for-profits.

Laura Ann Spencer, Executive Vice President of Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Dr. Scott Mitchell, the President and CEO of Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center, and Mary Tobiason, General Manager of the Labs USA, expressed the vital role culture plays in keeping staff in-line with your organization.

“People have hundreds of opportunities to do what you do somewhere else, so if you’re not better, if you don’t make people feel welcome, if you don’t have that culture that is inviting, they’re going to go somewhere else,” said Tobiason.

Besides discussing ways to introduce and encourage culture in the workplace, the panel also shared with the group how culture can work in tune with other goals within a business.

“Culture is critical no matter how big or small your organization, you can have the best strategic plan in the world, but if you really don’t have a culture you can’t implement that,” said Dr. Mitchell.

One final tip from the panel, have a diverse team, because people from different backgrounds can bring new ideas to the table.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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