The ‘Word of the Year’ in our Workplace

     In the words of successful businessman and philanthropist, Richard Branson, “There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated.” In 2014, Marriam Webster’s dictionary announced that “culture” was the most popular word of the year. Along with being a popular word, corporate culture has evolved in the business industry over the past few decades.  Before we go too far, one might ask, “What exactly is culture?” According to Mariram Webster, culture can be defined as “a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization.” At Charles C. Brandt Construction, we truly believe that a positive corporate culture involving all of employees and clients is essential to our success.

      For over a century, Charles C. Brandt Construction has been devoted to our employee and client well-being. We have based our culture off of four fundamental core values: client relationships, quality, integrity and fun. We believe that our employees benefit from a positive work environment. Mary Freeman, our accounting clerk, noted that “CCB cares- they are such a caring company. They care about the health and well-being of every employee and I love that I am able to be part of a company with such strong values." As you’ve seen previously on our blog, we recently implemented a corporate wellness campaign entitled “Building Wellness” to help ensure that our employees are being provided with the tools they need to stay well.

     Project Assistant Ruth DiLiberto noted that “one of the things I appreciate most about CCB is the accessibility of upper management. I believe the company owners genuinely care about the employees.” This can be revealed by the presence of the owners in the office, always willing to help out their employees with any kind of project.


     As you can tell, CCB takes great pride in a positive workplace environment and culture. Chief Operating Officer Jack Lautenschlager said, “I have always wanted CCB to be a place where you want to go everyday not just have to. I know that we all can’t enjoy every aspect of our jobs but the majority of time we need to enjoy what we do and want to be there. I think we offer such a wide range of services and types of construction to our clients that we are always doing something different so we don’t get bored.” From the availability of upper management to an employee wellness program, CCB promotes a positive culture to its staff and clients. Culture is tough to build, difficult to implement and nearly impossible to change.