By: Darryl Drayton, 87’ Patrol Boat MPC Developer
According to an Indeed survey, 46% of job seekers have considered certain job opportunities but ultimately choose not to apply because they did not sense that a good cultural fit could be achieved. On one hand, the personality of the company may not have been adequately imparted and impressed upon the potential employee seeking to experience a new company culture. On the other hand, inexperienced job seekers may have been unable to adequately identify an environment that could provide a good cultural fit.
Professional development along with true workplace friendships are quite possibly the leading cultural traits that serve as a foundation in the building of a positive company atmosphere. Although professional development and workplace camaraderie can greatly enhance the familial spirit of its employees, certain company qualities must exist to fully nurture the culture. The connective elements that would usually produce a dynamic and autonomous environment are high morale, which usually produces trust, and motivation that results in productivity. There are hosts of other qualities that can enrich these elements, but those core elements seem to form the engine that drives and cultivates a positive work environment.
Most people tend to congregate among those with whom they agree and share similar experiences, personal values, and talents. A corporation is not any different. In fact, that may define good business. An employee’s skill and talents are certainly the cover of the proverbial book that we see as an attractive aptitude that may prove productive in the general sense of business. However, we should consider what appears to be a good company fit does not necessarily mean that an employee will add to the company culture.
This, of course, is not an immediate indication that a negative personality trait requires a hammer to create a cultural fit. Certain traits and elements of growth can be groomed to shape an employee who can then add to the company culture and become a good fit. The ethics and values within the company’s code of conduct serve as a great first step in the grooming process of employees who could add to the ethos of the company and create value within themselves.
It could prove to be a bit trying to some, more pointedly new employees, to discover that you may have become a bit disoriented in an attempt at creating your cultural niche. Engaging in discussions with your supervisor will prove that the second family you have adopted will support you in your endeavors...specifically, if your desire is to align your growth and development with the needs of the company.
At the end of the day, this culture is still one of business. To identify where you may fit, you must understand the type of culture that you are interacting within. Keystroke research would probably list the four distinct types of corporate cultures as Clan, Adhocracy, Market, and Hierarchy. Leadership and tradition are a subset of traits under the clan culture. VectorCSP, it seems, has developed a culture that stems from tradition and leadership. These traits appear to have been successfully passed down throughout the ranks of its members.
Workplace engagement leads to workplace inclusion. This is the approach that new or current employees, transitioning into new teams, have need of to build better work relations. Engaging with your team will innately encourage communication with your supervisor and cooperation within the group. These traits have inherent qualities that can produce the desired workplace fellowship with the added effect of one finding comfort in their responsibilities. This is the niche we all desire when we choose to master our disciplines.
VectorCSP’s approach of referring to its members as corporate citizens is an out-stretched hand and acknowledgement to the existing community and to our newest members. We are ambassadors building and networking better business relations with our clients. We are colleagues nurturing friendships and creating bonds. We are distinct individuals who must expertly apply personal training and experience that will enrich and motivate its members to achieve personal and company goals.