How To Choose A Company Culture That Will Make You Happy

Liz Hogan

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The changing job market and new opportunities that have opened up have made many employees think about company culture. Is the company culture they are at conducive to their long-term happiness and growth? What are the things to look out for when looking for a good fit?

Company culture is a set of values, objectives, approaches, and standards that distinguish a team or organization. Consider the following indicators before choosing long-term employment with a company.

The Job and Work Duties

While there is a big emphasis on company culture within the job market right now you can not ignore your day-to-day duties. Make sure you understand what your tasks and responsibilities will include. Ask yourself will I enjoy coming to M-F and doing…(job description)? Sometimes there will be some tasks you will not enjoy but if the majority of duties assigned are of interest your workday will be much more enjoyable.

A Happy-Team

When interviewing for a job, be ready to observe the interactions between team members and do not be afraid to ask questions. Healthy and happy teams have less turnover because employees feel respected and included. Ask the interviewer questions like: Can you describe the work environment for me? What type of person would work well with the rest of the team? What role do managers play with the reporting staff members?

Do some research on Glassdoor and other similar sites to find out if there are any major issues former employees complain about. On LinkedIn, look through the longevity of current employees. Does it seem like staff stay around the long term or are there many who leave after a short time with the company?

All this information will help you understand the internal structure of a team and be an indicator of the health of company culture.

Prospects for Career Development

Growing within your role can be extremely motivating for a goal-oriented employee. If you enjoy and thrive on improving and rising in the career ladder make sure to ask about the possibility for career growth. You can ask the interviewer questions such as: How does the company invest into a staff member's career growth? Can you share with me an example of a success story of an employee who has developed their career during their time with your company?

You can also find out if the company provides reimbursement for career education, additional training, or cross-training within. Notice the job titles of the employees in the team and ask how often roles to move become available?

Being career stagnant can be extremely debilitating so knowing the perspectives on career growth that the company encourages can be telling of a good or bad fit.

Decision-Making Structure

Constant confusion and disorganization can frustrate even the most patient employee. Understanding the decision-making structure in the company or lack thereof will help you understand clearly the inner workings of the company. If you are taking a managerial role ask the interviewer: What type of decisions will I be solely in charge of making? Which type of decisions will I need to bring in my supervisor for?

If you are interviewing for a non-managerial role ask the interviewer: Who would I bring up a schedule or deadline concern to? Is there any type of decision that I will need to take without needing to bring in my manager? How does your company handle internal disagreements? Who do employees pitch for a pay raise?

The answers will be telling as to the structure and organization within the company. It will help you find out if you will enjoy and be a good fit for this company.

Work-life Balance

Even if you love your job you don’t imagine being at work 24/7. Understanding what type of hours you are expected to provide the company with will help you identify if your perspective aligns with theirs. You can ask the interviewer: What are the typical hours for this role? Is there any time during the year when I am expected to be available on weekends or after hours? Will I be expected to answer calls, email, or messages on my days off? How flexible are project deadlines? Will I be expected to take any projects home?

In addition to this, you can also inquire about the company's policy for vacation time, PTO, medical appointments scheduling, and sick leaves. Understanding the company’s maternity and paternity leave procedures can be a telling sign if you will enjoy the work-life balance the company offers.

Closing thoughts

The ideal company culture for you is personal. One company can be a dream fit for one while at the same time be a painful sentence for another personality. These 5 simple indicators can help you analyze a company's culture. Another thing that has proven helpful is to speak with a career coach to dive deep and clarify what company culture indicators are the most important to make YOU happy.

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I am the Content Outreach Manager-CPRW at Find My Profession and an avid blogger. My writing on career development and resume advice has been featured in sites such as FairyGod Boss, POCIT, Jobillico, Medium, Careers In Government, Hackernoon, and others. I regularly share advice on job search and resumes writing with others. I am very passionate about volunteering and learning new languages.

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