Q: What’s the Culture like at your company?
A: It depends.
Corporate culture refers to the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature. Corporate culture is rooted in an organization’s goals, strategies, structure, and approaches to labor, customers, investors, and the greater community. *
This is not the culture that was shown to me by my recruiter..
Most companies use culture and/or core values as a distinguishing point. But let us ask the really tough questions.
1. Does the culture and core values on your website really reflect your employees shared values, attitudes, and beliefs? How do you know?
2. How many sub-cultures would you say you have at your company? Does your Marketing Department on the West Coast have the same culture as your Finance Team at the headquarters in New York?
3. How does your company currently measure and assess culture?
4. Is employee turnover an indication of a changing corporate culture?
5. Does corporate culture come from the top or does it bubble up from the bottom? Who owns corporate culture?
Time and time again candidates labeled as “not a culture fit” are re-submitted to a different team, location, or department of the same company only to have that candidate hired. My point here is that culture is not black & white and it changes with every hire you make.
That’s right, culture is not stagnant, it is a living breathing thing that is always changing.
For as much as the phrase “corporate culture” and “core values” is thrown around, very few companies consistently assess and measure it. I wonder why?
What are you thoughts on the subject?
These rants and opinions are my own. Me write pretty one day! Sorry for any misspellings and grammatical errors.