When on the job hunt, we mainly focus on searching for a job that matches our compensation, benefits, position, and growth requirements. Another important aspect that we should consider is the company’s corporate culture. Though the position and salary may be exactly what you want, fitting in and feeling comfortable in the workplace is very important. If you don’t work well within your company culture, it could lead to a lack of motivation, hostility, and poor work. Find out in today’s blog what type of culture you work well in and how to assess a company’s culture before working there.
Know What Kind of Culture You Work Well In
Think about what you want…are you looking for a regular schedule that promotes a healthy work-life balance? Are you looking for an environment that encourages teamwork? Your job search will become much easier when you know what you’re looking for and you’ll be able to focus on companies that match your exact needs. It’s okay to keep searching until you find something that fits what you’re looking for. If a culture of a company isn’t right for you, it can seriously weigh many negative aspects onto your work experience. You never want to walk into a job, not wanting to be there.
Assessing a Company’s Culture
Once you’ve decided what you’re looking for, how exactly do you know how a company will run without being a part of it? There are a few ways to get a feel for how a company operates before even entering their office. Check out company reviews on sources like Google, Glassdoor, and Linkedin. These reviews are insight on how current and former employees feel about working there. Not only will you see how people feel working there, but sometimes you’ll learn more about the benefits and the environment of the workplace.
Research is a great way to get a feel for a company and how you would fit there. Aside from research, the next step would be at the interview. If you have an on-site interview, that is an ideal opportunity to see the company first hand! Make note of the office setup and how everyone is interacting within the workplace. Whether it’s on-site or not, the interview can still be an important tool though. Asking questions during an interview is encouraged, so take the time to ask the interviewee how they like working there, what the hours are typically like, and how the organization differs from other companies. Asking questions about the culture will ultimately give you a better feel as to if the company is a good fit for you.
Working for a business with a corporate culture that matches your workstyle improves job satisfaction. It even fosters creativity and motivation! So, knowing what you want before applying for jobs is important. Never settle!