Last week, we held an event for the leaders of the Portable Storage industry. While we networked with our clients, several of them asked about the Boxwell Team. What’s the key to finding the perfect mix of employees? How did we create a company with such a good vibe? And how do we work at keeping our good vibe in the workplace?
Since then, the notion of a good vibe has followed me everywhere. On the chairlift last weekend at Eldora, I overheard two 20-somethings discussing how the vibe in Boulder differs from that out east. And in the grocery store, the women at the checkout mentioned that the store had a good vibe that day. And practically everything I read or listen to these days includes the slang phrase, good vibes. It’s a thing. But what exactly is a good vibe?
In the business world, a company’s vibe is the feeling its employees exude from the inside out. It’s something that is usually not easy to pinpoint. Rather it’s an indescribable energy. It’s a positive feeling. An atmosphere. It’s the opposite of a negative downer. I certainly noticed it right away at Boxwell, for example. It’s a joy and respect the team has for each other. It’s also enthusiasm for being a part of something special.
So, how do you achieve a good vibe within your company? If that were easy to answer, we’d all have balanced workplaces with happy employees and profitable bottom lines. But there are some tricks to creating and maintaining a good vibe in the workplace. A positive company atmosphere starts at the top and trickles to every employee. If the team is not happy, the vibe will reveal it. The qualities of a good vibe include knowledge, empowerment, appreciation, and joy. But negative vibes will induce feelings of doubt, insecurity, and fear. Remember that once you have a good vibe in the workplace, you have to work at keeping it.
When asked to explain the Boxwell vibe, here’s what one of our customers had to say:
“Not sure how Boxwell management has assembled such an awesome, kind, intelligent and assertive group of employees that is impressive and very helpful to us as customers.”Kelly Hodges, DHI Storage