Do you know your company culture?
“Create the kind of workplace and company culture that will attract great talent. If you hire brilliant people, they will make work feel more like play” – Richard Branson
If you consider that 60 percent of millennials have left a job after less than three years because it wasn’t a good culture fit for them, you will gain a better understanding of the importance of a good fit. In a competitive market, it is understandable that managers may not consider the culture fit. They may just be relieved that they have secured a candidate with suitable skills and experience to fill their vacancy. However, there is no underestimating the importance of the right culture fit. In some cases, companies may not even understand what their culture is, so how can they recruit the perfect fit? As a business, do you have a clear vision of your company culture?
What is the Culture?
There are many elements of a company which combine to determine the overall culture. The working environment, company mission, value, ethics and goals – all contribute to the culture of a business. When employees enjoy the culture, they are happy at their work and get on better with colleagues. The overall working environment is improved, which leads to greater productivity. In many cases, it takes only one person who doesn’t fit in with the culture, to negatively affect the whole environment. Such is the importance of the right fit. For example, if the environment is open and everyone works together with open communication – and you hire someone who prefers to keep themselves to themselves and work completely independently, it is unlikely to be the right fit. In the same respect, if the environment is relaxed and you hire someone who prefers to work to strict rules and schedules, they probably won’t be happy.
Understanding your Culture
If you don’t fully understand the culture of your business and you want to make smarter hiring decisions, it is time to do some research. There are various methods you can use to determine the culture of your organisation. You can speak to your employees directly, find out what they think of the environment and the overall impression of the company. You can also observe the environment. Are your employees relaxed? Do they seem happy? Are they interacting well with each other? Do they make decisions together with open communication? When you start to properly analyse these aspects, you will gain a better knowledge of what your culture fit is. In doing this, you can start to make better decisions when hiring new recruits.
Some companies have better cultures than others. Twitter, for example, have a relaxed culture and high rewards for employees. They have rooftop meetings for their team, yoga classes, free meals and some employees even have unlimited vacations! As you can imagine, the employees at Twitter love working there and look how successful the company is. It says a lot about getting the culture fit right. Google are another company who have a great culture. They expect a lot, but reward their employees extensively. It is important to remember that you can always change the culture of your company, but just make sure your new recruits fit in with it, if you want to be truly successful.
At Haneo, we can help you to assess your company culture, through the use of simple psychometric games. These are then used to evaluate the culture fit with candidates. To find out more, you can contact us at [email protected]