How Corporate Culture Affects Job Satisfaction

By Dennis McCafferty
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    64% of HR managers surveyed said that on at least one occasion, they've misjudged a job candidate's fit with their work environment.

The majority of HR managers queried acknowledge that they've occasionally misjudged a job candidate's capability to fit in with their organization's professional environment, and these decisions have often led to employees either quitting or getting fired, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. In many cases, a company's culture can affect the overall job experience as much as the work itself or the salary. So it's up to professionals to understand the key qualities that determine their job satisfaction. For example, some individuals may prefer to join an organization in which assignments and office hours are highly structured. Others may favor a place that embraces employee autonomy and risk-taking—and pays little attention to when team members arrive and leave. Other cultural influencers include corporate values, career advancement opportunities and out-of-office social activities. To get a better sense of what to look for, we're including the following questions to ask yourself about what you seek in company culture. (They are adapted from OfficeTeam suggestions.) "Employers often focus on ensuring a skill fit when recruiting," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "But a corporate culture fit is equally important and more challenging to gauge. Both hiring managers and candidates [should] ask questions during the interview to check that their values align." More than 300 U.S. HR managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2015-04-29
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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