Location: Charlotte, NC
One of the most important aspects of culture at Viking Mergers & Acquisitions is that employees don’t feel like they are simply trudging to work to put in their time for the day. Instead, the company’s team comes in every day to do a job it loves and owns, says Jay Offerdahl. The concept of empowerment is vital at Viking, and Offerdahl is dedicated to building that entrepreneurial spirit through values like compassion, innovation, integrity and collaboration. “By giving our employees autonomy over their jobs, we have bred an atmosphere of compassion and a work ethic that makes our business climate very special,” he says. Viking also comes together to fundraise and volunteer to give back to its community, while supporting employees’ personal goals.
“We want employees to feel like this business is their business too, and to accomplish that, we reward their efforts. One of the most crucial aspects of building a strong culture is showing your employees that you care.”