About a third of people leave their jobs because they feel they do not fit in with the company’s culture. Tine Erasmus, general manager of Network Recruitment Pretoria, says that when employees and employers share the same values, it is easier for everyone to work together.
The company’s culture – the values, characteristics and traits of its employees – is a physical demonstration of what it stands for. It’s also one of the most important factors to assess candidates against.
Erasmus has the following advice on how to help new recruits fit into the company’s culture:
You need to know your company’s culture. All companies have a specific culture, but many line managers are not familiar with it. Assess your team’s values and what’s important to them, as people who reflect these values are more likely to be suited to your culture;
When hiring new people, ascertain their values by asking behaviour-based questions. Think of how your team responds to situations, then ask the candidate how they would react in similar situations. Their replies will provide a good indication of how well they will fit into your existing team;
If you are using a recruitment agency, use one that does face-to-face interviews with both the employer and candidates. This will help the agency learn more about the company’s culture and ensure they find suitable people;
Research done by Network Recruitment shows that one of the main reasons people leave a new job within weeks of being employed is that they feel unwelcome. This is the reason new employees need to be assimilated into the company culture as soon as they accept the job offer. Include them in team meetings and lunch or coffee outings; and
Maintain contact with new staff and help them feel welcome and comfortable. Ensure that they are shown around and introduced to everyone on their first day at work.
– Money & Careers –
Source: Times Live