4 Tips for Finding the Right Company Culture

November 5th, 2019
By: Heather McMillen

Company culture will have a large impact on your daily life. It defines the environment in which you work and includes factors such as the company mission, expectations, values, and ethics.

According to SHRM’s 2019 Culture Report, 1 in 4 American workers

  • Dread going to work.
  • Don’t feel safe voicing their opinions about work-related issues.
  • Don’t feel respected and valued at work.

20% have left a job due to workplace culture.

As if job hunting wasn’t hard already, you also need to consider if this is a culture that will prove to be a healthy place for you. What type of environment do you thrive in and perform best? Slow or fast-paced, team or individualized, etc.

Then, start by making a list of what other factors are important to you.

  • job satisfaction
  • work-life balance
  • flexibility
  • leadership
  • engagement
  • growth
  • open communication
  • benefits
  • feedback/reviews
  • recognition

It is just as important for you to feel that a company or practice is the right cultural fit for you as it is for them to feel the same about you.

As an outsider to the company or practice in which you are applying, it can be difficult to find some of this information. Use your resources and start digging. Tips to get you started:

Research, research, research.

Search for any news you can get; locally or nationally. Have they recently been acquired or merged? What is the reputation of those companies? Is there new leadership? Recent layoffs or increased hiring due to growth?

Employee Review Sites

There are plenty out there but some of the more popular ones are Glassdoor, Comparably, CareerBliss Company Reviews, and Google Reviews of businesses. Look for trends of recurring data, one or two comments or reviews might be an isolated incident but if there is a pattern that is a decent sign that the information is accurate.

Use Your Network

Ask around, with both your professional and personal contacts. You never know who’s relative or friend might work for the company in which you are applying to. You can be vague and ask simple questions about how they like it there or what might be difficult for them in their position. Plus, you might get more information that is readily available online.

The Company Social Media Accounts

Are they active? How do they respond or interact with followers? Are they pleasant and professional or short and snarky? Consider what types of comments customers and patients may be leaving on the page. Are there any complaints? Are they sending compliments?

Along with the traditional factors of accepting or declining a job offer such as salary, benefits, and commute; company culture is one that should be given thought to ensure you will be happy with the decision you make as it will impact your life outside of work. Everyone deserves to feel positive about their work. After all, most will spend 40+ hours a week there and you want to be able to enjoy it.

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