Aligning Culture with Values in the Employment Process

Company culture is one of the most important aspects that should be assessed during the hiring process.

When navigating through the hiring process, hiring managers should not only review applicants based upon their skill set and expertise, but for the individuality and unique personalities that they will bring to the group.

Group dynamics within corporations are often the tipping point of great culture over disgruntled employees.

Those individuals who fit within the values of the company culture have a greater sense of loyalty, responsibility and ownership for their stake in the success that takes place within the environment. Employees that are haphazardly thrown together don’t have that same cohesiveness. And, as we’ve all seen in various organizations, one disgruntled employee can easily take down many co-workers on their way out.

Let’s take a look at what can you do to ensure you’ve got the right people with the right fit for your culture.

When hiring, assess these points:

  • Listen to the language the person uses. What things are they passionate about? What gets them excited? What are their hot buttons?
  • What’s their personality? Calm, relaxed, ambitious, competitive? What style will best fit with the other members on your team?
  • What’s their problem solving style? Individualistic, collaborative?
  • Are they adaptable, flexible and feel a sense of empowerment to take ownership of tasks?
  • Does the individual have a passion or an interest in the type of product or service you are delivering? Can they understand their role in the bigger picture of the company?

Aligning company culture with a new hire increases the likelihood that your new hire will be there for the long-term. Don’t overlook this important aspect of the hiring process.

5 Reasons NOT to Quit Your Job and 1 why you should.

For some, one bad feature in a company could tempt you to draft that letter of resignation. Instead of sharing the reasons why you should quit, I want to talk about the reasons why you shouldn’t.

1.  Your team members hate their job. Unfortunately, job unhappiness goes around faster than the common cold. Don’t quit your job just because your co-workers aren’t happy. Separate yourself from the reactions of others and really assess whether or not this is something you are feeling and experiencing or just something you are taking on.

2.  You keep asking “what has my company done for me lately?”  Both employees and employers forget that employment is a two-way-street. Instead of asking this question, think “what have I done for my company lately?” In order to get, we must first give. As an employee if we are only worried about ourselves, it’ll quickly show in our work.

3.  You were passed for a promotion. This is a hard one for many. I encourage you to think about the bigger picture, just because you didn’t get the first promotion that came along isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps there is another one lurking around the corner. Showing your company that you can bounce back and pick up the skills you need to be ready for the next opportunity is sure to put you on their short list of potential employees to move up the ladder.

4.  You had a spat with a co-worker or a boss. Disagreements, while disheartening, are lessons to be learned. If we all got along all of the time, our growth would be stunted. Take your disagreement and see how you can work to communicate better, understand others, have more empathy – and if you feel you deserved better treatment, start with showing others a good example of healthy disagreements. 

5.  You think you deserve better.  We all feel we deserve more; it’s human to do so. However, there is a difference between deserving better and a sense of entitlement. Go back to # 2 and ask yourself what you have given lately.  If you are still floundering, perhaps you should look at the one reason why you should quit.

1. Your values are being compromised. One reason to write up the letter of resignation is when your values are being comprised. While this isn’t necessarily permission to demand expectations and special treatment, this is saying that you are someone with integrity, respect, and honesty and if your company, department or team is doing something that isn’t in alignment with your goals and vision of an extraordinary career, now may be a good time to reconsider your employment. However, don’t jump to conclusions. Do your homework and ensure that your assumptions are in fact the truth.