The benefits of a cultural fit
All employers want a new hire to slot seamlessly into their business, allowing the employee to work freely and efficiently with their new colleagues. Think about what all the values, beliefs, behavioural systems and language that currently exist within your organisation are, and how you can observe them and measure them through selection.
Organisations with truly unusual cultures often prefer to recruit from outside their industry, because experienced people are often too ingrained in a certain way of being and doing things. The online retailer Zappos thinks culture is so important that at the end of induction, they offer everyone a month’s salary to leave. Their thinking is that if you’re really bought into their vision you won’t leave for that, and if you’re not bought into their vision and values, one month’s salary is a cheap way of finding out. In any organisation, people who don’t fit with the culture and their team aren’t going to stay and perform at their best.
Ultimately, ensuring new starters are a cultural fit is key for a happy business, more productive employees, more team cohesiveness, and better staff longevity. Those who embrace a company’s ethos make fantastic brand ambassadors, engaged employees and a loyal workforce – something that we are all striving for.