If you want to thrive as an organization, prioritizing corporate culture must remain at the heart of what you do. And that means investing in initiatives designed to create a welcoming environment – virtually or in-person – where your team can be their best authentic self, contribute openly, and feel valued. To drive a positive company culture and create a more united team, leaders need to build talent and invest in culture through initiatives, like leadership development and workplace inclusion.

With close to 60 years of history, Home Hardware is regularly acknowledged for our commitment to our employees: we have been recognized by Forbes as one of Canada’s Best Employers for three years in a row and awarded Best Managed Company 11 times. As an organization, we have been experiencing a period of growth over the last four years, which means we have a balanced combination of new employees with fresh perspectives and longer-term employees with a deep knowledge of our history. We are on a journey to build the best company – one of support and collaboration – because you cannot execute successful strategies without the right organizational culture.

As an organizational leader, investing in our teams’ development is a top priority, and should be for you, too. We are committed to making talent and culture a competitive advantage while understanding that there are always ways to improve.

“Are you empowered to drive corporate culture? Because, to current and prospective employees, culture means everything.”

In 2022, our company launched a comprehensive Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) training program designed to build leadership distinction and confidence in our managers. Our three-year training program promotes inclusive learning through instructor-led workshops, group discussions, experiential activities, 360 assessments, keynote addresses, and more.

In the first year of our LEAD program, the overall success rate for participants was a resounding 91%. After receiving tremendous feedback from the leaders who participated, we are excited to build on our journey of transformational growth and invest in our leaders’ development.

WORKPLACE INCLUSION

During a period of organizational growth, Home Hardware’s Human Resources department recognized the importance of creating an equitable workplace that would be inviting for everyone. An inclusive corporate culture where everyone can thrive is paramount to our success as a company. To achieve our cultural ambitions, we launched an Inclusion@Home Committee that creates and drives a series of programs and initiatives designed to educate and inform our Team Members about critical topics. We mark national days of recognition with customized campaigns and host monthly external experts to expand our way of thinking and encourage discussion on subjects including unconscious bias, invisible differences, and equity for marginalized people.

Home Hardware recently launched the Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) designed to provide support and mentorship opportunities to women and non-binary people in a traditionally male industry. We also conducted an employee survey to better understand our demographics and areas for growth. We recognize this as critical work leading to transformational change across our organization and will continue to find new ways to engage our Team Members.

At Home Hardware, we are committed to building an organizational culture that fosters respect and teamwork. As you consider your corporate culture, ask yourself how does a leader effectively recruit and retain top-tier talent? How does your organization foster a positive employee experience? And are you empowered to drive corporate culture? Because, to current and prospective employees, culture means everything.