Job seekers are looking for an inclusive workplace environment that features a positive company culture. Due to the amount of time spent at work, they want to make sure they fit, enjoy their environment, and get along with their co-workers.
Finding alignment between the company’s mission and vision and the employee’s personal and professional goals is essential. Without the right fit, new hires will quickly burn out and look for another job.
One of the key challenges is the difficulty around gaining an accurate picture of what it’s really like to work at a company during the interview process. This is further compounded by the fact that recruiters either don’t communicate this information or don’t have a good sense of the company culture themselves.
Fortunately, there are ways to make sure potential employees know if a job matches their wants and needs for a positive employee experience.
Know How the Company Measures and Rewards Success
Any successful company has a strategy in place to measure success. These systems can be used to assess how well an employee’s professional goals align with the company’s vision. When goals are out of alignment both sides can become frustrated.
Satisfied employees can often be found at companies that regularly reward employees for meeting and exceeding expectations. Companies can achieve this in a number of ways including acknowledge remarkable employees through public recognition ceremonies, small tokens of appreciation (gift cards, paid time off), or even just a hearty handshake and a “Good job.”
Without any measure of success or praise for a job done well, morale and productivity suffer. It’s important that potential new hires understand the expectations you have for them and how they will be measured and informed of their progress towards meeting those expectations.
Ask About Collaboration and Team Building Goals
Camaraderie at work is important. If you don’t get along with your co-workers, just going to work every day becomes a traumatic and stressful experience that will soon take a toll on your overall health.
In fact, in a 2017 Mental Health America study, a staggering 63 percent of workers surveyed cited stress as having a significant impact on their mental and emotional health. More than 17,000 U.S. employees in 19 industries were interviewed for their candid feedback.
Employees need to know your expectations for collaboration and communication prior to being hired so that they go into their jobs with the right expectations. Stress is reduced and general happiness at work is improved when collaboration and team building efforts are in place. Collaboration opens the door to innovative ideas. Team building creates a bonding experience among employees and contributes to a sense of belonging. If employees know that you expect collaboration and open lines of communication, and these expectations are fostered by your team, you’ll see less resistance in the long run.
Investigate Career Advancement Opportunities
An organization with positive company culture cares about its employees beyond their daily tasks. If the company doesn’t offer career advancement opportunities, or at least allow employees time to grow as professionals, that’s a red flag.
Some companies will even invest in the career advancement of their employees. For instance, Starbucks recently made headlines with their plan to offer free tuition for all workers. If there are benefits that your company invests in, it’s important for both current and future employees to know about them so that they can utilize these perks.
Find the Right Recruiter
In the end, it’s essential to find an employer that offers an overall positive employee experience. Equal Parts takes a unique approach to recruiting. We want to make sure your personal and professional goals align with the company culture of our clients. Contact us today to begin your professional journey into an exciting and rewarding career.