Company culture is a prime example of rather elusive terminology, misunderstood by many, but it is none-the-less highly important, as a recently published study from recruitment consultancy firm Robert Walters correctly asserts.

First off, let’s define what we mean by company/corporate culture.

Company culture is in simple terms the shared values, attitudes, standards and beliefs which characterise the workforce of the company. This often inadvertent culture develops dependent upon the staff members hired and ties in with the overall goals, strategies and structure of the company, creating via this process a working environment somewhat unique to the company in question. It is this overall cumulative experience which we refer to as company or corporate culture.

As it transpires, this culture is far more important to a company’s prospects than many may realise.

The aforementioned study highlights this importance perfectly, as it reveals that while 90% of employers do consider cultural fit an important aspect of the hiring process, 82% of respondents admitted that they have worked for a company in which they disliked the company culture, with 67% feeling misled about what to expect throughout the hiring process and subsequently starting work at the company.

This perceived deception and general dislike of the working environment leads to unhappiness running rife throughout the company, while some may get so fed up as to be motivated to leave, which is obviously far from ideal.

James Murray, Associate Director at Robert Walters, said of the survey’s results, “The majority of employers recognise that ensuring potential staff are a good cultural fit is important, given the serious impact poor cultural fit can have on productivity at work and ultimately whether or not staff will stay with the company.

“However, given the high number of professionals who have left a job due to issues with the company culture it is clear that many employers should consider the impact that company culture can have during the hiring process and in attracting and securing top talent.

“It is also worth employers considering which aspects of company culture are most significant to professionals, consulting with HR specialists, recruiters and their own staff to keep abreast of shifting trends.

“As working habits evolve and the priorities of workers have shift, employers should review their company culture to ensure that they are responsive to these changing needs.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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