Why Company Culture Is So Important in Your Job Search
It’s no secret that job hunting is stressful. Trying to figure out if an opportunity makes the most sense and has a company culture that’s right for you from 2-4 conversations, 1-2 interviews at the office, and some research isn’t easy.
When speaking with candidates, I often hear people say they are looking for similar things at new opportunities: stability, room for growth, more money, better benefits. While I hear all these things pretty consistently, I feel as if many job seekers neglect the importance of the work culture or environment.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of folks do bring up company culture. But this should be a top priority for people.
If you work 40 hours a week, that is over 2,000 hours a year you are spending with your coworkers. If you’re going to spend around 250 days a year with these people, shouldn’t you at least enjoy your time there?
I’m not certainly not discounting the fact that you also need to enjoy the actual work you do, but a positive work environment drives positive results. Those positive results will help both you and the organization be successful.
I’ve held a variety of jobs in different industries which helped me to find a home that made the most sense for me. When I was job hunting and came onsite for an interview, I paid careful attention to workers’ demeanors, the vibe in the office, even the decorations around the office. It speaks volumes when you see workers in a cube with a smile on their face and not counting down the hours until the day is over. It shows the organization takes care of the little things that help to keep the right attitude in the office.
My point is this: figuring out the expectations for the role is important but making sure to ask questions about the company culture is just as imperative. After all, you will be spending more time with your co-workers than your own family and friends. Your new workplace is not just a job; it’s a home.
Peter Mancuso works for ABS as a Technical Recruiter where he enjoys the opportunity he has every day to help others find or advance their career.