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Why does company culture matter and how do I fit in?

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

While there doesn’t seem to be just one way of defining company culture, one definition that rises to the top is the shared values, attitudes, behaviors, and standards that make up a work environment – it’s about the experience people have at work.

When an organization has a good company culture, employees are engaged, committed, and aligned with the company vision and core values of the workplace.

The last 2 ½ years have given us all the opportunity to reflect, assess, evaluate and realize what really matters to each of us and inspires to make changes – this has impacted employment drastically in what has been coined as the "Great Resignation", "Turnover Tsunami", and most recently, the "Quiet Quit".

For individuals considering a job change due to dissatisfaction, it may boil down to a disconnect with the culture of the company where you currently work. The first step for individuals is to better understand what you need from an employer and how that culture aligns with your core values. We have tools to help you with this process!

What does a healthy company culture look like?:

  • A sense of trust, transparency, and accountability between employees and the leadership team.

  • An environment that supports teamwork and collaboration.

  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.

  • A healthy work-life balance for employees.

  • Flexibility.

  • Psychological safety – compassion and respect for employees.

  • A diverse and inclusive workforce.

  • Recognition and rewards for employee accomplishments, successes, and contributions.

  • Competitive compensation and total rewards packages.

How to Improve Company Culture

Make appreciation part of your culture. Employees wants to feel appreciated for their hard work. Some like to be recognized publicly and others prefer a quieter “thank you” for their day-to-day accomplishments. Encourage your managers and supervisors to know each employee’s needs and create the daily habit of recognizing & thanking them for their dedication and contributions.

Check in with your employees regularly. Make 1-on-1 conversations routine, vs. the annual performance evaluations that are dreaded and not effective.

Make sure your compensation and benefits (total rewards) are competitive. In this market, if you’re not paying your employees well, you’re not going to be able to keep them. Do your research on salary and benefits in your industry and area. Make sure what your offering is competitive.

When I begin working with a company to help them hire, I aways ask about the company’s culture. Check out the blog resources from TTI Success Insights® below to learn more about this important topic:

Looking for a great cultural fit? Schedule an initial consultation with Wynne Hires today to learn how we can help you on your career journey.

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