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How do you view Company Culture for your Organisation? Whether company culture is written as a mission statement, spoken or merely understood, company culture describes and governs the way a company's owners and employees think, feel, and act.
Research completed over a period of 30 years in over 40 countries by GreatPlacetoWork.com, has shown that investing in a high-trust workplace company culture harvests distinct, tangible business benefits. These results demonstrate that by having a healthy company culture in the workplace can aid with significantly impacting turnover in turn hoisting better financial performance than industry peers. Check out how 3M is managing theirs.
Company culture is not something that is adopted or developed overnight. It takes time. According to Edgar Schein’s model, organisations are unable to adopt to a culture in a single day, instead it develops and forms in due course over time. Employees will reflect on past experiences and start practicing this new method in their everyday working environment thus forming the culture of the workplace.
There is a clear cut relationship between culture and recruiting, with the main relationship stemming from employee attraction, selection, and retention. From an attraction standpoint, culture is primarily about the brand image that is projected outwardly by your company. It is obvious to the outside world which companies take their company culture seriously as they will be actively marketing this to candidates.
Recruiting around the culture of your company ensures that while the job demands and requirements may be constantly changing, the defining characteristic of culture is that it remains constant despite these changes. A person hired based partly on his/her fit with a company’s culture is more likely to continue on as a valuable company resource - even if the position that he was originally hired for ceases to exist.
As an employee you will share mutual assumptions, standards, norms and behaviors of the like, with aim to work in an environment that will influence and reflect these beliefs. This norm will become an established behavior pattern that is an integral part of your company’s culture. It will also motivate employees to perform at their very best to earn recognition and appreciation from their superiors: healthy workplace culture equals healthy workplace competition.
Derek Chapman, a psychology professor at the University of Calgary and founder and president of CounterpartMatch.com, says that as an employee your fit within a company’s culture is crucial when looking for a job. To stay in any job permanently, your values and goals need to be consistent with those of the company.
Chapman says, “…ultimately it’s up to the employer to make sure that they hire people that fit their company”.
This is only a fraction of the information of how you should determine your company culture, however in any business a company’s culture is the underpinning of your organisation. It is the glue that ensures that you stay together and move forward as a collective. It doesn’t matter whether you are the employee or employer or prospective employee, it’s true to say that a culture is a determining factor in the success of any organisation. It is not something that is formed in one day but one that is developed over time. Constantly being reviewed, monitored, practiced and molded into something that is fitting, successful and the driving force behind your company.
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