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Cultivating a Culture of Listening

Hi there! Welcome to HCB’s first ever culture post! I bet you didn’t know you were coming to a healthcare marketing blog to read about culture, huh? Well you actually came to the right blog, because I happen to be heavily steeped in all things “culture.” Corporate culture? Check. Pop culture? Sure! Cheese curds? OH YEAH. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Amber, and I’m the office manager/social media manager for our Austin office. I spend most of my time planning office parties and surfing the web. One of my favorite things to do, though, is hang out with my coworkers. Yep, you read that right. My COWORKERS.

I’ve been at HCB for five years now, so I’ve had plenty of time to think about what makes my coworkers so much fun to be around, and this is what I’ve come up with … Are you ready for this? They’re not my coworkers; they’re my friends. Sappy, huh? BUT SO TRUE!

The word “culture” stems from the practice of cultivation, so it only makes sense that HCB has such a wonderful company culture. It’s because our employees are amazing, smart and hilarious people who take time out of their day to cultivate their friendships. And get this … THEY LISTEN TO EACH OTHER. I can’t count the number of times that my coworkers have listened to me prattle on about some asinine story (much like you are now) and I could tell they were actually paying attention. Little things like that mean so much to people, and that’s the basis for real friendships.

Jealous? I know you are. Heck, why wouldn’t you be? It’s not every day that you find a company where coworkers aren’t fighting in the breakroom about that time someone confused the word “hepatology” with “herpetology.” Well, actually we do have our moments, but all in all, we listen to (and respect) each other and that’s why I consider this a great place to spend my days. Want an easy way to find your happy place at work? Try cultivating some listening time with your own coworkers. You’ll be surprised by the friendships you form, and you might end up growing one heck of a company culture.

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