Successfully matching a candidate to a specific job role requires more than just the assessment of skills and qualifications. Employer’s need to place importance on cultural fit and consider how each candidate will fit into their workplace environments.
When considering cultural fit it’s important to distinguish between cultural background and cultural fit. We aren’t referring to an individual’s ethnicity (in fact multi-culturalism is highly encouraged in Australian workplaces) but rather an individual’s interests, values and unique personality traits. It is ultimately their ability to fit in with a particular workplace culture and its underlying values.
So why is this important?
Company Culture is grounded in its’ employees:
A company by itself, is in essence just a phenomena. It’s a name, a brand, an idea. What makes it real, or tangible, is its employees. Its culture and ethos are therefore grounded within these employees and the complex ways that they engage with each other and the job at hand.
As a business owner or manager, it is therefore essential that thought be given to the kind of company culture and workplace environment you wish to create, ultimately selecting employees who will actively enhance this culture.
Greater Job Satisfaction
A number of studies have shown that employees who ‘fit in’ with the culture of their workplace are more likely to show higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs.
As we discussed in our previous article, workplace efficiency stems from positive and happy workers. Therefore cultural fit leads to increased job satisfaction which equates to superior job performances.
Increased commitment to the organisation
Employees who agree with and respect your company’s values and culture are more likely to show commitment to the organisation and the job at hand. Similarly to those with greater job satisfaction, committed employers are more likely to ‘work the extra yards’ and do their jobs thoroughly.
Committed employees are also more likely to speak positively about your organisation to friends and family. And as you may know, word-of-mouth is a highly persuasive marketing tool and can be detrimental to your company if generated poorly.
Many businesses have complex roles crucial to their practice and may invest hours, months and sometimes years training someone to fit these roles effectively. It can be a massive waste of resources if large amounts of time and money are spent training employers who up and leave 12 months later. Employee loyalty stems from commitment and satisfaction to their workplace.
Ultimately: Cultural Fit lies at the heart of any successful business practice.