When we talk about culture in the workplace, we’re referring to the “vibe” of the office and how that affects human interaction. It can also mean the difference between an excruciating workday and one that you don’t mind dragging your arse out of bed for.
It might sound like some unimportant piece of a relatively large business-puzzle, but workplace culture can actually make or break an organisation, which is why so many businesses are quickly changing their hiring techniques.
Employing someone that has a high cultural fit and lower skill level might sound like a no-deal, but current popular opinion says this is exactly who you should be aiming for (assuming they still need to have the aptitude to learn).
Here’s why it’s so important.
Workplace learning becomes effortless
You can teach someone a new skill, but you can’t teach someone how to fit in with a certain group of people.
“But if they have the skills we need, it shouldn’t matter if they fit in or not, right?”
No, you are wrong.
As the stress and friction of working with other people decreases, the organization becomes a far more forgiving environment to learn and work in.
Think of it this way, picture a group of strangers that you don’t really like to hang out with awkwardly try to teach you something. Now picture the same scenario, but the people are your friends and you like to hang out after work and play Mario Kart or whatever.
The level of comfort that individuals perceive in the workplace will dictate how easily they will learn and work together, because working with your friends is RAD.
There’s less turnover
Staff turnover is expensive, so minimizing it is crucial. But the question is, how do you get someone that’s unengaged with their work to stay in the job?
Think about Google. People actively want to work for them, some because they want to be able to take a slide to lunch and others because they know that the company culture is nigh on perfect.
But it’s way more than just putting a pool table or bar in the office, they need to offer intrinsic motivators that offer a sense of purpose.
Culture is about the why you and the people you work with are all in the same place five days a week. This sense of comradery goes a long way to improving attitudes towards the company and its overall goals.
A company that can provide great culture is a company that retains and attracts the very best talent.
Employees are happier and healthier
They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Too bad there isn’t a job the requires watching Netflix all day.
Platitudes aside, if you hate going to work, you’re probably stressed, if you’re stressed, your immune system is probably rubbish and that usually leads to you getting sick pretty often.
You can see where I’m going with this; if you enjoy the vibe of your workplace, your more likely to be happier and in turn, healthier, even if the work your doing is boring.
So if you’re looking for a new job or plan on employing some staff of your own, remember the importance that cultural fit plays in the office. Hint: it’s more important than you think.