“Company culture? What’s that?” you might ask. Simple- it is everything (or at least close enough)! Don’t make the rookie mistake of leaving this out of the equation when you’re on the hunt for your perfect job. Choosing the right company culture can make all the difference once you do get employed so take a few minutes to think about it.
Company culture can be simply defined as the beliefs, values, norms, and habits of a company. It is collective behavior shared across the organization and determines how employees of this company interact with people internally and externally. Think of it as the “personality” of the company.
So, why is this important to you?
Each individual has values that are significant to them. They have expectations and strong beliefs which ignite certain passions. To find a company that does not have values or beliefs aligned with yours could make work unfulfilling, unrewarding, and even miserable. Competitive compensation and benefit packages are lovely but what does that amount to if your heart isn’t in it or you don’t agree with how the company functions?
You spend a large portion of your life at the workplace, it is important to try and find a culture that makes you feel good all-around and makes what you’re doing feel meaningful. If you can avoid torturing yourself for 40+ hours a week, I’d suggest making an effort of considering company culture as one of the top reasons to accept or reject a job offer.
Take some time to freely and truly think about what values, passions, and beliefs you have personally. Now think of it in a business sense. Separate that list into what you WILL NOT compromise for and the things that can be negotiable. After all, you may not find the perfect culture for you but you can try to get as close as possible.
Here’s a link on some questions you can ask a potential employer to determine if a culture would be right for you: Assess Company Culture
I hope this little tid bit of info helped people consider things they never even thought of. Additionally, I would love to hear some of the cultures you loved and loathed so feel free to reach out to me!