If you’ve ever found yourself in a working environment that you loathe, you know the importance of feeling like you belong, like you mesh well with the company mindset. This mindset— the business’s personality—is the “company culture”. And as its importance becomes more clearly understood, employees and employers alike are focusing more attention on this area. So much so that desiring a good “cultural fit” ranks high as a reason for deciding to switch careers or embark on a “new job” search.
First, go into any job-search scenario with a clear picture of what inspires and motivates you to be the best employee. It may be easier to work this equation initially in reverse.
- What makes it difficult for you to perform?
- What deflates your enthusiasm?
- What is so irritating or distracting that your productivity suffers greatly?
- What core values are most important to you?
- What leadership style brings out the best in you?
Answers to these and other work habits/preferences/pet peeves questions will paint a picture of your ideal workplace culture.
While it’s difficult to nail down all the nitty-gritty specifics of a company’s culture without actually being on the payroll, a little detective work can help you decide whether a position at ABC Inc. is worth pursuing.
But assessing corporate culture is a task not to be taken lightly. Everything from office décor and dress code to history and tradition to a plethora of unwritten—often even unspoken—rules get mish-mashed together to form the way the company accomplishes work on a day to day basis.
Google any potential employer, checking out their website, social media interactions, charitable work and community involvement as well as press releases and articles associated with the business. Look for the level of professionalism and branding their online presence exudes. Anything that allows a peek into the world of ABC Inc. will be a piece in the puzzle of their culture.
Then add to the culture picture from info gleaned during the interview. Questions that will explore the components of the company’s culture include—
- How would you measure performance for this position?
- Can you share an example of your leadership style? Two examples?
- How is the company handling this year’s greatest challenge?
- What three or four traits do your most talented employees possess?
- What is one thing about the culture you would change if possible?
Even a terrific compensation package cannot remedy a dreaded workplace environment. So take the time to piece together the “cultural fit” puzzle for the best chance of realizing a great match.
B. Loehr Staffing can direct you to a job that fits your company culture preferences. Whether you are looking for short term, long term, part-time or a full-time position, we can offer you the freedom and flexibility your lifestyle demands. Contact us today to become a part of our winning team.