Last night I attended a graduate recruitment presentation by the Treasury. The representatives of the Treasury kept emphasising how much they enjoyed the culture of the organisation. They felt that a key advantage to working there was that it did not feel at all hierarchical. All views were valued, even those of newly appointed graduates. Despite being ‘newbies’ on the team, graduates were included in discussions with senior executives and asked for their opinions.
This aspect of corporate culture has been a very common theme throughout all the employer presentations held this month – and there were many! What distinguishes one firm from another, particularly where many things seem similar such as being leaders in their industry, offering a multinational environment, excellent professional development opportunities etc? Often the best fit between company and employee comes down to culture. Does the culture of the organisation fit comfortably with you? Does it stimulate and excite you and make you want to get up in the morning to go to work?
If you are fortunate enough to get more than one job offer, checking out the company’s corporate culture before accepting an offer could make a huge difference to both your career satisfaction and your career prospects. In searching for some information about workplace culture, I came across a report by the Wall Street Journal on work culture which was posted on the CAREEREALISM site. The report indicated that there were four types of workplace culture: hierarchical, dependable, enterprising and social.
As the term implies, this workplace culture is highly structured and rigid. A prime example would be the defence force or academia. If you are prepared to accept this work culture, and conform to it, hierarchical could be advantageous for certain personality types.
This type represents a process-oriented culture, where change happens slowly, for example the manufacturing industry. The wages may not be competitive, depending on the company, but certain products are relatively stable. Another example may include healthcare.
Creative and competitive in nature. This culture may attract creative arts, such as graphic artists, freelance workers and media. People with big ideas who want to makes things happen and enjoy working in an intellectually stimulating and motivating environment.
This work culture emphasises collaboration, trust and relationships. Charitable organisations, non-profits and NGOs come to mind, where decision-making is especially valued.
Next time you find yourself talking to employers during a careers expo, employer information session or alumni networking evening make sure you ask them about the workplace culture in their organisation and why it works for them.
To read the original article see: 4 Things That Can Affect Your Workplace Choices