3rd May, 2017
Have you ever tried to change the culture of your organisation? Wouldn’t it be easier if you hired for culture fit in the first place?
Some of the consulting work we do centres around changing an organisation’s culture – something which is engrained and difficult to budge.
But what if you could set the culture from the moment you hire somebody?
If culture is ‘the way we do things around here’, then it’s not beyond your power to design it for your organisation.
One place to start is with your hiring and selection processes.
Technical ability and soft skills usually take pride of place when we hire.
While I don’t dispute these are basic and important, ignoring cultural fit can be where the seemingly perfect match comes unstuck. How can you avoid this trap?
What’s important to you in your work and your dealings with colleagues, clients and suppliers? How do you want the world to see your organisation?
There are as many answers to these questions as there are organisations!
One may focus on delivering their product or service as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.
Another may highlight the importance of staff engagement to deliver the best client and financial outcomes.
At Balance at Work, for example, we pride ourselves on how much we care about our clients and are known for going ‘above and beyond’ to help them achieve their objectives.
This attitude is the foundation of our culture and helps us identify who we want to attract, employ and work with daily.
Once you’ve defined the culture you seek, it’s time to ensure you are seeking staff who align with your culture.
There are several parts of the recruitment and selection process that give you the opportunity to make decisions related to getting the best cultural fit:
You can easily get feedback on your culture, what works and what doesn’t, from your existing staff and other stakeholders.
They’re also well-placed to help you identify what you need (and don’t need) in your new hires to build your desired culture. Some questions you could ask:
Armed with this information, you can then fine-tune your recruitment and selection processes to screen for cultural fit.
Want to create the culture of your dreams? It all starts with the right people.