Hiring Tip for Employees – Check the Culture
Here is another tip for those of you who are looking for a new position. This tip is very important assuming you are looking for long term employment. Most potential candidates never take their eye off the position or the income to notice this factor that can influence your job satisfaction.
So what am I talking about when I say “Check the Culture?”
Culture is the collection beliefs of the employees in the company or organization. Too often this important influence to job satisfaction and the development of a high performance attitude within the organization is left to chance by it’s leaders. Therefore, it is your responsibility to check out this element of the company.
Here are a couple of reasons you want to know more about the culture:
- Fear – Yes, fear is at the top of the list. When most people in the organization are fearful, then innovation is gone. The status quo rules the environment and no one questions motive or reasons for tasks, projects or even process improvement. What people will talk about is the next layoff or how bad a leader so-n-so is.
- Energy – High energy is a sign of excited and satisfied employees who are enjoying their time in the work environment. This high energy sign is an indication that productivity is also high. High productivity is a good barometer of success and longevity for the organization.
- Solutions – When the culture believes that there are solutions for every issue, it contributes to the long term success of the organization. Customers and employees are happier because things get done on a regular basis without the gnashing of teeth and repeated efforts to get a result.
- Abundance or Scarcity – Look for companies that believe in abundance – meaning there are more opportunities than problems and the markets are waiting for a good solution. Innovation can change the landscape of markets and sales success. Scarcity is closely related to Fear and limits the availability of success and solutions. In fact, scarcity is what drives the “cut expenses and layoff mindset” of the leaders and managers. Avoid the scarcity driven companies if you are looking for job satisfaction and long term employment.
While there are other factors to look for regarding the culture of the organizations – policies, rules, etc – the above six are the most important for you to process. Find time to visit the employees of the organization prior to accepting a position. If you are specialist, ask for time to visit with people in the department where you would be working. Ask if you can have lunch with any of the key people. Be nosy and learn about the real culture.
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