Every company in Denver projects its own character, which, in turn, influences, among other things, the environment’s design elements, such as its architecture, interior design, and ergonomics. These things play a role in promoting the company’s culture. Social studies on company culture have shown that there are four organizational culture types and that each cultivates its own unique work environment:
Controlling type – or “hierarchy” culture depends on rules and procedures. Rules bind the organization. The environment is highly structured and formal, as leaders take the role of enforcing and implementing those rules to run their operations smoothly. This type of organization values stability, security, and efficient performances while looking into long-term goals.
Collaborative type — or “clan” culture is synonymous to the ant culture. The environment is friendly and open. The leaders take the role of teachers or mentors. They focus on the potential and intrinsic value of their workers. They are bound by their loyalty and value teamwork.
Creative type – or “adhocracy” is defined by the company’s innovative and risk-taking culture, undertaken by employees and leaders alike. They like to experiment and need a spacious environment in which to work. They value individual initiative and freedom.
Competitive type – or “market” culture is all about completing tasks. Members of the organization strive to bring in results and achieve goals. Leaders are demanding and productive. Winning binds this type of organization, and they value competitive pricing and market leadership.
Being able to identify a company’s dominant type opens the way to designing the most suitable interior style, fixtures, and furniture to complement the company’s general cultural vibes.