Company Culture – is it a make or break for you or your potential employees?

I have been on a recruitment drive to grow the It’s About People team and after countless interviews, I had a very interesting thought: “What culture do we at It’s About People foster”? This is one of the most important factors for any potential employee or candidate and not something that should be taken lightly. Identifying your business or organizational culture is important, as it will allow for your business to hire like-minded individuals with similar business values to what the business stands for.

As I often do, I took some time to research what others are saying out there about their organisation’s culture definition. As per “Google” and other resources, a sentence that stood for me (and made sense) was:

“Organizational Cultures is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which governs how people behave in organizations. These shared values have a strong influence on the people in the organization and dictate how they dress, act, and perform their jobs.”

There is so much more to culture than just hiring personalities that get along. To find a good culture fit, we need to understand how we effectively communicate, are productive, have business ethics, values, motivation, passion and so on. This is bringing on board different profiles that all align to a culture of your team / business.

So, if you were to be asked right now, what is your company’s culture, how best would you describe it? Would you be able to answer this?

If not, you can easily start to identify your Company Culture by following a few steps that I have found to be useful:

  • What is the business vision, strategy and future goals?
  • What is the management style within the business?
  • What is the business Mission and the strategy to get there?
  • How can your business be different to competitors?
  • Individuals within the team
    • Motivation
    • Passion
    • Commitment
    • Accountability
    • Business ethics & values
  • Business support and development for their people
  • Organizational structure
  • Company achievements and accomplishments

If I were to be asked what the culture of It’s About People was like, I would be able to comment that the culture we foster is a supportive, vibrant and passionate team. Each member holds passion for what they do whilst constantly being self-motivated with the support, motivation and constant partnerships from Management. The business values we all share are Fairness, Honesty, Accountability, Quality and High Customer & Candidate Service. We are a team that works hard and plays hard, we do what we need to, to get the job done but also know how to celebrate the small wins with the big wins. A little joke goes a long way whilst working hard goes further.

We have a Management team that are not Managers but Leaders. They lead the business through its tougher times whilst sharing their guidance and applause through the good times. I am proud of the It’s About People culture and who we all are and the difference each one of us make to other people’s lives.

It makes coming to work easy!

“Do what you love and you will never work another day in your life” and that is what the culture of our business feels like.

What is your culture like?

 

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