You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Sure, it may be cliché. But that doesn’t make it incorrect. When scouting the world for top talent, it’s important that you find individuals who are competent and capable of handling the tasks that are part of the job position or positions you have available. But that should go without saying. Your job as a hiring manager entails a lot more than just finding talented workers.
Finding the right cultural fit for your company should be at the top of your priority list. That means digging deeper and finding more than just people who can do the job. You need people who can enrich your working environment by getting along with co-workers, boosting morale levels and adding an overall positive energy to each work day. The proverbial “well oiled machine” you want your company to be gets its oil from happy workers.
A good culture fit will improve productivity.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? If people are happy coming into work, chances are they’re going to be a lot more productive. How often have you encountered an individual who you simply didn’t mesh well with? How encouraged were you to work with that person? In The Globe and Mail, Bill Howatt explains how finding the right cultural fit for your company is the key to its growth.
“Culture fit influences the degree of comfort and motivation you have for coming to work each day,” he writes, “Culture is shaped by the people in an organization, and is defined by how the average employee and manager think and behave. Employees who perceive their beliefs and behaviours are aligned with their employer’s values and their organization’s culture often demonstrate greater job satisfaction and productivity.”
A good culture fit will improve life overall.
There are far-reaching benefits of making your workplace one that is enjoyable for everyone who works within it. Not only are you bound to boost productivity in your company, you’re bound to improve the lives of everyone associated with it. Dr. Kerry Schofield is a chartered psychologist, consultant statistician and researcher in the field of individual differences. On the U.K.-based Good&Co website, she points out having a good cultural fit begets numerous positive outcomes.
“Studies of cultural fit across many countries have also found a relationship between cultural fit and mental and physical health – so if your job fits your personality, you’re less likely to exhibit signs of depression, anxiety and the like, and you might live longer,” she informs, “The average correlation between good cultural fit and these positives outcomes is about 0.43, which means that cultural fit accounts for nearly half the variance between employees in job satisfaction!”
How do you go about finding the right cultural fit?
Your first step is to solidify the values and practices that define your brand. Consider the top behaviors you feel are critical for the success of your business. Then, be sure to clearly express the values that define your company culture in all of your job postings. Your hiring process is bound to recruit the type of talent that will benefit not just your bottom line, but your company culture as a whole.
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