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6 Tips to Determine if a Company Culture is Right For You

Company culture is the unwritten and written rules outlining the behaviour expected in an organisation, the workplace expectations, and the company’s shared vision. 

From the employee’s perspective, positive company culture is an integral component influencing whether you feel happy, included, safe and valued in a workplace. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to company culture and individuals should be warned that certain culture fit certain personalities, lifestyles and values.

An extrovert wouldn’t suit working at a reclusive online software company where everyone works remotely. As an employee, you need to protect yourself from a potentially negative long-term situation by knowing yourself and the organisation you choose to work for. 

As an example, consider these three company cultures; competitive, collaborative and hands-off. Most people will feel strongly in favour of one of these lifestyles, whereas some may feel strongly opposed. The point here is that everyone is different, feeling fulfilled in certain situations and unfilled in others. As the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime or one-third of their lives, it is critical to find a workplace that has the potential to not only foster your professional and personal growth but also to a workplace that you enjoy.

In choosing an incompatible organisational culture, you are setting yourself up for disappointment or failure. If someone who is intimidated by competition and does not like to be rushed joins a competitive and fast-paced environment, there is a high chance they won’t be able to keep up with the expectations. Resulting in a potential firing or worse. In these situations, it is common for an individual’s mental health to suffer from negative emotions such as low self-esteem or self-worth. 

At A1 Office, we believe in empowering employees by creating systems that produce a positive company culture. For a future employee of any organisation, we recommend taking note of the following tips to ensure a good cultural fit.

1. The physical workspace.

Observe the physical landscape of the workplace when interviewing for a position. Open-plan workspaces are an indication of collaborative company culture, with lots of closed-off offices delineates that it is a hierarchical competitive formal culture.

2. Feel it in your gut.

Without a doubt, the best way to know if an organisation is right for you is to listen to your gut reaction. During a job interview listen to the phrasing of questions, the descriptions of their organisation and observe their employees where possible.

3. Ask the right questions.

In a job interview ask questions about the organisation that may reveal important subtext into the way the organisation approaches business. Some great questions are; how would you describe your company culture? What does a typical day look like? What do you love most about working here? What are the organisation’s strengths and weaknesses?

4. Know yourself.

Simple right? Know your strengths, weaknesses, motivators and demotivators. With this knowledge, you’re empowered to decide what’s the good match for you.

5. Read the job advert.

The job advertisement or position description will outline what the organisation is and isn’t looking for. Look for words that are traits as opposed to skills, and read carefully how the organisation introduces itself.

6. Consult.

Talk to job recruiters, industry professionals or those already working in the desired organisation. Ask questions, share concerns and above all else listen.

After carefully considering these elements, you will have greater insight to decide on whether the company is the right culture fit for you. For more information similar to this, subscribe to our newsletter today.

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