How to Find the Best Workplace Culture Fit for You


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As the job market picks up, more and more employees are searching for jobs that best fit their skills. Even more, with the current trends of workplace culture and engagement rapidly rising, employees are looking for a place that fits their work culture needs. Deloitte surveyed more than 7,000 human resources and business leaders and found 92 percent rate organizational design as a top priority.

With so many companies moving forward with their work culture, it’s hard to filter out which is the best option for you. This is why workplace culture is so important and where you should start looking when determining the best fit:

What is Work Culture

We keep hearing about how employers are expanding better workplace culture practices, but what exactly is it? Culture can have both physical and environmental traits associated with fit when looking within the workplace. The physical side involves the way the company looks, and dress codes. While the environmental, some would say these are the most important traits, include work-life balance, co-worker relationships, strong communications, work related stress, management styles, and values.

All of these factors play important roles in workplace culture and, in order to find the best employees and keep them, employers are placing a higher value on them. With company culture finding its place in job descriptions and company websites, it’s easier than ever to look beyond compensation and benefits or basic day-to-day responsibilities and see how fulfilling a role within an organization will be for you.

Look for clues in job listings and employee reviews that depict not just what it is you would do on the job, but what it will be like to be a part of the team. If a company is not open to sharing their culture with you before applying, consider what they might be hiding.

Why Employers Are Changing the Game

Employers are changing workplaces all over the world thanks to new findings on the effects of work culture on employees. Because of generational gaps and constantly changing technology, employers are focusing on adding inclusion and educational opportunities to their culture.

In January 2015 the Journal of Organizational Behavior studied 95 franchises and found a solid organizational culture structure influences employee happiness and productivity. However, on the flip-side, the study also showed that just because employees are productive, that doesn’t mean they’re happy in their work culture. These trends have inspired employers to take a deeper look at the overall happiness and success of employees and establish a genuinely positive work culture to tie productivity to real employee engagement and retention.

Companies have been struggling to get employees engaged, keep retention rates high and improve leadership, so they’re finding it necessary to develop their cultures. The previously mentioned Deloitte study also showed 92 percent of survey participants rate redesigning the organization as critical. The study found the “new organization” is being built around empowered teams, new models of management, and are being led by a younger generation.

Whether you’ve been actively looking for a new job or passively observing a company that appeals to your vision and values, when you see a company begin to grow its employer brand by showcasing its exciting culture and opportunities, it may be time to get on board.

How to Find the Best Fit

Hating the alarm clock because it has woken you up for a job that you don’t even want to go to is a horrible feeling. When you’re part of a workplace culture that fits your personality and goals, you’ll find yourself motivated and enthusiastic about work. The biggest key to these end results is simple: happiness. Happiness directly ties into being more productive at work, having a better work-life balance, and growing with a company.

So, how do you achieve finding the best workplace culture fit for you? The best place to start is not with a company, but with yourself. What are the most important aspects about a company? Their mission, teamwork, management techniques, or flexibility? Establish what is most important to you before you start looking for companies to apply to.

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, be prepared to ask specific questions about these workplace goals. What kind of team bonding events are planned? Does the company encourage personalizing work areas to enhance productivity? Are there any special charities they work with? What are the specific rules when it comes to flexibility and work-life balance?

Finding the company that best fits your needs, personality, and goals will help you grow both professionally and personally.

What do you love about your workplace culture? Let us know in the comments!

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Val Matta
Val Matta
Val Matta is the co-owner and leader of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution for companies, outplacement firms, job seekers and university career centers. You can connect with her and the CareerShift team on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, LinkedIn.