Commonly thought of as “the way things are done
around here,” company culture differs widely depending on where
“here” is. These are meaningful differences because culture is often
a key factor in long-term organizational success.

The culture of an organization is made up of the experiences each employee brings to it. Culture is especially influenced by the organization’s founder, executives, and other senior level staff member and managers because of their role in decision making and strategic direction. Rewards and recognition offered to employees reflect what is valued and reinforced; powerfully shaping an organization’s culture.

The candidate whose values,
beliefs, outlook, and behavior are aligned with those currently existing within
an organization will likely to be a good cultural fit and will work well within
the environment and workplace environment.

Employees who fail to fit within
the environment generally leave to find a work environment or culture which is
more aligned with their own values and beliefs.

Culture ranges from how people dress and talk to leadership and reward structures. Get to know your company by understanding its culture. Cultural fit matters – you’ll be happier and more successful if there’s a good match.

By Susan Ravens | People Science Sr Talent Advisor