Many companies have what is referred to as a “front office”. It is usually the area just within the front door where the receptionist is located. Key management is typically located nearby but other workers must walk down a hall. With every step down that hall there is a little less prestige.
Sometimes it is a particular floor. At Kmart's headquarters in Troy, Mich., the top executives had offices on the fourth floor. This was a highly prestigious place to work. Administrative Assistants on this floor had a different culture (attitude, way of thinking) than their peers on other floors.
This is an excerpt from the Workplace Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. The workplace cultures include Front office vs. Back office; Home office vs. Regional offices and/or branches; Highest volume store vs. Other stores; Old company vs. New company; and New building vs. Old building. © Max Impact, used by permission.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.