What is culture?

Stay in the tech sphere for any trivial amount of time and you start to hear about the importance of culture. Ask anyone what culture is and you won’t get a definition, but will instead receive various examples ranging from free food to mandatory hack weeks. One of the largest tech companies even coined the term ‘Googleyness’ to describe an employee’s alignment with its culture.

Even though no one really understands it, companies emphasize culture so much that there’s a good chance one or more sections of an onsite interview are reserved for “Culture Fit” questions. How can something so ephemeral and hard to describe be considered such a cornerstone of modern tech workplaces?

Culture is a conglomeration of tangibles and intangibles that – if done right – can solve turnover and improve productivity.

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