Company culture is displayed in many ways, such as the opportunities afforded to employees, a fun and breezy atmosphere, or the level of independence given to an individual working on a project. However, not all believe employee happiness leads to the most effective business results. In this week’s #RPOAWeekly, we look at some of the decisions that must be made when formulating a company culture.
Learn more about creating company culture by joining us for Hueman’s June 7 webinar “Culture Fit Disrupted.” Hueman CEO Dwight Cooper and Vice President of Marketing Sarah Palmer will explain what HR means by company culture and how to hire for it, netting you a larger bottom line.
Hiring managers are the first point of contact for candidates, so it is important that they understand how to best track down those that are a strong cultural fit for your company. Derek Carpenter at Hueman offers four best practices for hiring managers designed to find the best candidate for the job, both in terms of culture, as well the skills and drive to excel in the position.
Making a position of leadership into a positive experience for all involved is easier said than done. Though it is a leader’s job to serve as an example, they are just as often the bearer of bad news for employees. To strike a positive note even in hard times, Mark Lukens of Method3 recommends leaders approach their position with a healthy dose of humility and gratitude.
Ab Banerjee at TLNT offers a more conservative view of company culture in suggesting that perhaps a happy workforce doesn’t quite matter when it comes to your bottom line. In fact, Banerjee argues that happy teams are often less productive than a standard work force, and that tension in the workplace can lead to innovation and creativity, suggesting a balance may have to be struck when creating your culture.
According to its creators, “the Empathy Index seeks to answer the question: which companies are successfully creating empathetic cultures?” Several top companies rate highly on the Empathy Index, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google. But business executive China Gorman explores a question of her own: are these companies on the list because they’re trying to be empathetic, or are they on the list for related reasons, such as fair pay and good benefits? How important is empathy to a strong company culture?
Health care is a basic benefit we’ve come to expect from our jobs, but some businesses out there are going the extra mile when it comes to taking care of their employees. Walmart, Lowe’s, and General Electric are just a few of the businesses that are sending their sickest employees – and their family members – to some of the highest quality medical centers available to them. In some cases, companies are going so far as to waive deductibles and co-pays for their employees. No matter a company’s consumer reputation, a willingness to take care of an employee depicts a terrific corporate cultural story.