As you go through the hiring process, while you have many considerations for your candidates, remember they also have some for you. One important factor for many job seekers involves company culture: Is it one they want to be a part of? While most companies would agree that the typical soulless, cubicle-filled office doesn’t motivate most people, some go to the opposite extreme, believing that it’s not the job of the company to keep employees happy. That’s not entirely so. Studies repeatedly show that, simply put, happy employees mean more successful business in terms of productivity and profit. In fact, in a May 2013 study by Booz & Company, 84% of respondents surveyed believe corporate culture is critical to success. It makes sense — when people want to go to work and feel eager to do their jobs, the results reflect that positive mindset. This doesn’t mean you need to have an on-staff chef or unlimited vacation time, but it does mean creating a positive culture of involved, satisfied workers.
A job-seeker wants to get hired, but when considering the long term, he also wants to work somewhere that has a culture he can get on board with. If the fit doesn’t seem right for his personality as well as his skills, he probably won’t last long. Consider this: Studies show that employees who matched up with their employers, supervisors, and overall company felt more satisfaction in the position, were more likely to stay on long-term, were more committed, identified more with their organization, and demonstrated better job performance.
On the employer end, as you consider company cultural fit, consider that the benefits to the employees as stated above also add to benefits for your company as well.
- Set the tone yourself. As a manager or anyone on the upper levels, your attitude toward your work and employees gives them a blueprint of how to act. Be on time, jump in on big projects as needed, and listen to your workers. Set the standards high…but give employees the resources and support required to meet them. This may include anything from proper tools to opportunities outside of work (training, classes) to improve their skills. Have a positive attitude that they can both imitate and respond to in kind.
- Focus on the positive. Similar to above, your attitude shapes that of your employees. If you only communicate with them to scold them for a mistake, that effectively puts up a wall between you. “Catch” them doing something right — something as simple as a compliment on a well-written report goes a long way. And recognize the positive effect of a less formal office where employees can feel free to cultivate friendships and not have to focus on work for eight hours straight; this leads to burnout and resentment…and less productivity.
- Recognize employees as people as well. If that means letting them use flextime to balance out their home and work schedules, look into it. This resonates deeply with employees, who feel you see them as not just a worker bee, and in turn they will be more energized when on the job…and often will become more productive. Get their opinions on work-related matters as well. Someone removed from the situation may not see a problem or a solution as the person directly involved might.
Bottom line: Successful employees thrive in a positive corporate culture of clear direction, positive motivation, and support to reach mutual goals. It may sound trite, but it’s true: If everyone works together, everyone benefits.
For more management strategies and to create a long-term hiring strategy, reach out to the experienced recruiting team at Creative Staffing today.