Updated: Jul 12, 2022
Our regular tips and tricks to securing your next role, avoiding some of the usual pitfalls faced along the way with #LRPjobs COO - Tiffany Rogers.
What is Organisational culture and why is it important? Organisational culture refers to a company's mission, objectives, expectations and values that guide its employees. Businesses with an organisational culture tend to be more successful than less structured companies because they have systems in place that promote employee performance, productivity and engagement.
So why should you research a company culture before your interview?
This will seem like a very basic part of the interview, however, you will be surprised particularly with candidates that are new to the job market, how many of them don't look into this in advance.
"It shows you are enthusiastic, want to learn, keen to understand the companies’ culture so that you can show how you can fit in with their values too."
It is not just simply finding out when they were established, where they are located and what their area of expertise, market share and company history are, it's about taking the time to understand how this culture shapes the way employees both perceive and behave in their working environment.
One of the simplest ways of looking at the culture to see if it fits with you is looking on Social Media. Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, or a host of other platforms. Is this company on social media and what do they portray themselves as? Fun? Serious? Supportive? You'll very quickly start to understand what a company has to offer by taking these quick and easy steps. This will give you an indication of team values, incentives, and great news, so you can be sure you are joining the right company.
Are you a company thinking about how to support a positive organisational culture? Here are Tiff's Top Tips on how to do just that...
1. Encourage feedback from employees
Encouraging feedback from employees is an excellent way to learn about their current state of mind. Making it anonymous, it can allow them to feel freer to express their concerns honestly. You can get more from employee feedback by asking specific questions to which you would like answers.
2. Pay attention to employees
As good as it is to encourage feedback, it's equally good to pay attention to it and implement changes where necessary. This can make employees feel like their concerns are valid and that the company cares for their well-being. When professionals feel like they matter to an organisation, it can encourage them to put more effort into it.
3. Encourage collaboration
By encouraging collaboration among employees, you can help build a better relationship between them and make them more productive. Usually, this is more likely to happen when employees trust one another. An excellent way to build such trust is to introduce team working activities, especially outside the office.
4. Reward employees
When employees reach goals, it can benefit an organisation to recognise them through rewards. This can help increase an employee's self-esteem. The positive environment that it's likely to create can also help reduce staff turnover.
5. Lead by example
When employees know that rules are not just for them, they can be more willing to follow them. An environment where even managers follow the rules can feel less hostile. This is likely to reduce the level of conflict and encourage friendliness.
6. Encourage fun at work
You can encourage fun at work by introducing light-hearted rituals or games to the organisation. This could make employees engage more with their work and with other members of the team. It's possible to do this through competitions or by encouraging employees to take breaks.
7. Prioritise employee well-being
An organisation that prioritises its employees' well-being can attract and retain the right talent. People are less likely to put work before their mental health and give a lot of value to work-life balance. If they feel like the organisation values their mental health as much as they do, they're more likely to stay in the company and work towards a promotion instead of looking for jobs elsewhere. Besides, an employee who feels supported is more likely to be more productive.
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