One of the main reasons people leave their jobs, is because they don’t fit into the company culture. The concept of company culture isn’t even clear to everyone. After all, don’t all companies function in the same way? Employees come to work, perform their duties, are supervised by supervisors, and then go home. How complicated could it be?
Subtle Differences Between Companies
Yes, a company is a place where people go to work. However, there are subtle differences between different companies. In some companies, everyone is expected to stay until at least 7 o’clock. Other companies expect people leave at 5 p.m. sharp. Other differences in expectations include: Eating lunch at your desk vs. taking an hour off; socially focused companies that throw frequent parties or events that need people to be highly extroverted and sociable vs. reclusive companies that want you to keep your head down and work without much interaction; round table discussions where everyone’s input is valued and necessary vs. a team lead who has made the bulk of the decisions and relays the new plans to the team to carry them out; 3 piece suit dress code vs. jeans and tee shirt; mandatory charity involvement vs. no charity requirements. There is a wide spectrum of factors that exist in different industries/companies.
What Constitutes a Good Company Culture?
Nowadays you keep seeing all these lists about the best companies to work for. These are companies which are considered to have a good company culture—companies where employees are encouraged to maintain a work-life balance. These are companies where employees feel more at home. And they feel like the people around them are part of an extended family.
Understanding and Developing Your Company Culture
If you are a CEO or a business owner, you can sit down and make list of what is most important to you in terms of your company to get an idea of what you should emphasize in terms of company culture. Once you are clear about what you want your company culture to be like, you can hire employees to fit in with that company culture.
How Personality Testing Can Help You Find the Right Employees
To find the right employees, you can have them take a personality test during the interview process (in addition to a cognitive and integrity test). This test will give you an idea about what’s important to the employees. For example, if they cherish their free time because it enables them to be with their family, then they might not be available for regular overtime. On the other hand, someone who has devoted their life to their work may not actually want to go home early. Things like this may not automatically disqualify a candidate but they are worth keeping in mind during the interview process.
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