Workplaces can be very different in style and with methods, so company culture counts when you are looking for a job that suits you well.
Let’s start by saying every business has its unique personality. Sometimes that company culture trickles down from the top, sometimes it is dictated by the kind of industry and people in that industry. There may be very different kinds of language, conversation and rules on a building site compared to a boardroom, for example. Your communication at work might also be different if you are a customer facing service compared to say, doing administration in an office.
If you are adaptable, that is to your credit and will serve you well but we all want to feel like we belong in a company, as one of the team. Work can be far more enjoyable if you have a work ‘family’ and genuine friendships – so company culture is something to think about if you intend to join a business for the long haul.
Here are a few questions, to help you consider the kind of work culture you might like or not like:
Is getting a job done more important to you than working exact hours?
Are you comfortable with colleagues and bosses swearing or being overly emotional, or does that feel unacceptable?
Do you want to stay in an office or get out regularly?
Do you enjoy being competitive with your colleagues?
How important are rewards and bonuses, above your salary?
Can you work on some weekends, if needed?
Do you perform better alone or in a team?
Is it vital for you to get more formal training as you work?
Do you like to be constantly briefed or does that feel like micro-management?
Are you comfortable with a dress code or do you need to wear what you feel good in?
Do you like the bustle of a noisy office or need quiet to work?
Do you prefer to move around a lot in the day or sit at a desk 9-5?
Is it important to have a more feminine feel to the office or a more masculine office?
Can you work happily in an untidy or bland office or do you need a quality workspace to be happy?
Do you want to make a lot of friends at work or keep your work life strictly professional?
Finding the answers to these kinds of questions may help you define more exactly what you are looking for in a workplace and work culture. Further to this, it will also help you work out what you want in a role.
Here are two examples – going for a managerial role may mean you need to consider more carefully your peer-to-peer conversations and relationships. Also, where some teams see in-office competition as office politics, salespeople can thrive in a mild rivalry and enjoy competition with peers. What we want from our work-life is different for each of us.
The reality is, the majority of us spend more time at work and with colleagues than we do with family, for those working a five-day week, so it’s critical to feel at home where you work. Ask questions early on about a business culture and to get a feel for what it will be like working for a company.
If you want advice and need to know what jobs are out there for your next career move, come and see the kinds of businesses CMD Recruitment works closely with – it may lead to a career that suits your needs perfectly.