Company culture is becoming a very important factor in the workplace today. For how much time the average person spends at work in their life finding a career that you enjoy doing everyday is only the first step. Once you have the career path you are looking to follow, it’s not too much to ask to want to enjoy your time at the office as well. But how do you know you’re going to enjoy the workplace? It can be tough to figure out a company’s culture until you are actually working in it, but there are some things you can look for to help you gain a better understanding of what company culture may entail.
According to Investopedia, company culture refers to the beliefs and behaviours that determine how a company’s employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions. Often, corporate culture is implied, not expressly defined, and develops organically over time from the cumulative traits of the people the company hires. A company’s culture will be reflected in its dress code, business hours, office setup, employee benefits, turnover, hiring decisions, treatment of clients, client satisfaction and every other aspect of operations.
Do any of the traits listed in the definition above ring any bells for you or your employer? All of these things also apply when searching for a job and there are many ways you can look for when inquiring about a certain company’s culture.
Do Your Homework:
Search the company’s website to see if they talk at all their culture. The careers section is often used to show interested candidates a scope into the workplace or under the company’s “About Us” section. See what others have to say about the company by doing some basic research about them through their past and present employees or any clients they work with. Also, use social media. Check out what social media profiles the company may have. LinkedIn is a great resource to see the number of people that work there and you can also see their employees based on their professional titles. You can also look for posts on Facebook or Twitter where they describe the work environment or upcoming office events. Do they have a fun tone of voice or do they seem more corporate? Not all places are very active on social media, but if they are, it can be a great place to gather some insight into the company culture.
In every interview, the interviewer will ask, “Do you have any questions for us?” and this is the opportune time to gain first hand experience into company culture. Be open about it! Ask the interviewers to describe what working at the company is like, and as much as they will try to paint the company in the most positive way possible, now is your time to ask any specific questions you may have. Avoid yes or no answers and try to ask things like their favourite and least favourite things about their job or the company, team dynamics, after hour social events, continuing education, professional development or hours of operations. By observing the atmosphere and responses to the questions you’ve asked, you should gain a good grasp on office dynamics.
Company culture is known to evolve and change over time and employers are often looking for suggestions in terms of room for improvement or new office ideas that you should be open to sharing. By finding a good company fit, this not only leads the company to be successful, but also results in you being personally motivated and successful while enjoying your time at work.
Does your workplace have great company culture? Tell me why in the comment section below.