We’ve written about the topic of company culture before. However, it’s almost always been from the employer point of view.
One of the reasons for this is that company culture has become increasingly more important to job seekers and candidates during the past several years. As a result, employers must be educated about this shift in importance and about what it means for their efforts to hire top talent in the marketplace.
But that does not mean you, the job seeker, should be excluded. In fact, quite the contrary is the case.
After all, company culture has become more important to YOU. It’s now one of the deciding factors when a person is looking to make a change professionally. Whether or not they decide to accept an offer of employment from an organization often depends upon what they think of that organization’s company culture and how they believe they’ll fit into it.
But what about the company culture at your current employer? That’s a fair question to ask, and it leads us to another one. If a better company culture is a good reason to make a move to another employer, then why wouldn’t a sub-par company culture be a good reason to leave your current employer?
The purpose of this blog post is to help you to assess your employer’s company culture. It may be something about which you haven’t given much thought to this point, but it’s quite important, both in terms of your current employment situation and also your career in general.
Below are three key areas in which to conduct your assessment, along with some questions to ask about each area.
This one is rather easy. It involves whether or not the company culture contributes in a positive way (or a negative way) to your job satisfaction. Here are some questions to consider:
- What are the organization’s core values?
- How are those values represented within the culture?
- If they’re not represented, why is that the case?
- Is the company receptive to new ideas?
- Does the company encourage continuous training and education?
#2—Co-workers, colleagues, and collaboration
Company culture is about more than ideas and values. There are actual people involved, and those people have a direct impact on the culture. Some questions to consider:
- Do you like interacting with your co-workers?
- How well do the employees within the organization work together?
- Have you had positive or negative experiences while working on group projects?
- How do the employees typically handle conflict?
#3—Managers, supervisors, and leadership
Sometimes, you have to report to the people within the company culture, and your relationship with them and how you view the organization’s leadership is very important. Below are more questions to consider:
- Are workers encouraged to speak up about issues?
- Does management have a vision for the company’s future? If so, does management communicate that vision to employees?
- How do the company’s hiring and firing procedures affect the culture?
- How are employees rewarded for their performance?
- How consistently are employees rewarded for their performance?
Once you’ve reached the end of your assessment, you should know what kind of company culture your current employer has. More specifically, you should know whether you want to stay within that culture or you want to find another organization with a more attractive culture.
If you’re seeking more job satisfaction and career growth, The Doepker Group can help!